I agree about the Haditha case being different, especially from the standpoint of no pleas (at least as far as we know). There was very little evidence that made much sense in the Hamdania case, but with that one plea, the domino theory of prosecution came into play.
When I was listening to the blog talk radio spot on Hamdania last night, there was a reference to a 200 or so Marine jury pool that Lt. Gen. Mattis had to draw from. The speaker indicated none of these had combat experience. At least that’s what I thought I heard. I cannot understand how a jury of their peers in either Hamdania or Haditha could consist of a panel without it. It’s not like they don’t have quite a few around Camp Pendleton with combat experience. Wondered if you know if this is true, or if anyone has addressed this before now.
I heard that mentioned, probably in the NC Times. But I can’t recall what cases it pertained to. If Haditha goes to courts-martial, it won’t happen until September at the earliest. I don’t know how far in advance a jury pool is created.