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Friday, August 24, 2007

Update on Haditha case

Charges were dropped for two already and now investigators are recommending that charges be dropped for a third Marine:

An investigating officer recommended Thursday dismissing all charges against a Marine accused of murdering two girls in an assault that killed 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha.

The dismissal of charges means neither Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt nor Capt. Randy Stone will face a court-martial in connection with the events at Haditha, which have brought international condemnation of U.S. troops.

Five Marines still face charges in the November 19, 2005, shooting of two dozen unarmed men, women and children in Haditha, which prosecutors say came in retaliation for the death of a beloved comrade, Lance Cpl. Miguel Terrazas, who was cut in half by a roadside bomb.

Sharratt, 22, had been charged with three counts of premeditated murder and Stone, 35, with dereliction of duty for failing to properly report the civilian deaths.
Defense attorneys conceded civilians were killed at Haditha but said they died during chaotic fighting with insurgents after the roadside blast.

In dismissing the charges against Sharratt and Stone after what he said was an exhaustive review, Lt. Gen. James Mattis cited the difficult battle conditions and a "shadowy enemy" whose forces hid among civilians.

"With the dismissal of these charges Lance Cpl. Sharratt may conclude that he did his best to live up to the standards, followed by U.S. fighting men throughout our many wars, in the face of life or death decisions made in a matter of seconds in combat," Mattis said.

"As he has always remained cloaked in the presumption of innocence, with this dismissal of charges, he remains in the eyes of the law -- and in my eyes, innocent."

Mattis said that while Stone may have made mistakes, they did not "rise to the level of criminal behavior."

Paging John Murtha! Some people are still waiting for an apology out of you. Can we expect this anytime soon, or will you go to your grave knowing you slandered your fellow Marines before any evidence was presented?

Publius II


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