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.
Jury selection is expected to take most of Thursday. In the pool for the combat-experienced panel are seven enlisted Marines and five officers. The final size of the panel, which must be composed of members of the Marine Corps or Navy, hasn’t been determined and can vary under military law.
The judge said he expects the jury will be selected by the end of the day and opening statements will be heard early Friday, if not late Thursday.
The prosecution’s case will last about 10 days and include nearly two dozen witnesses. Many of the troops who were under Wuterich’s command that day are expected to testify.
I would press the ‘like’ button if we had one!
To young Marine:
“Marine what were the ROEs in effect at that time?”
“Were you ever ordered NEVER to paraphrase the ROEs?”
“Were you ever ordered that ROEs could be communicated only verbatim without any error whatsoever?”
“Were you ever ordered to memorize the ROEs word for word without mistake or ordered only to refer to them by reading from a card EVEN when under attack or in a continuing combat situation?”