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UPDATE Via DEFEND OUR MARINES - The court martial of SSgt Wuterich will commence at Camp Pendleton with jury selection at 8:00 AM PST Thursday, January 5, 2012.


27 posted on 01/04/2012 12:05:55 PM PST by smoothsailing
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NEWS ALERT: SOME CHARGES DISMISSED!

In motion hearings today, Judge David Jones ruled for the defense by dismissing some of the charges SSgt Frank Wuterich faces in his general court-martial.

Three counts of reckless endangerment by firing a weapon where civilian deaths occurred have been dropped.

The judge also dismissed a charge of obstruction of justice alleging that SSgt Wuterich encouraged one of his Marines to lie to investigators, according to SSgt Wuterich's defense team's website.

Since the case began in 2006, the law has changed regarding how certain charges must be alleged on a charge sheet and the government failed to properly plead those charges.

More news as we have it at Defend Our Marines. Jury selection begins tomorrow.

28 posted on 01/04/2012 8:10:36 PM PST by RedRover
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