Skip to comments.Last Haditha Defendant Denied Travel 0rders For Appeals Court Hearing (SSGT Frank Wuterich)
Posted on 03/18/2011 1:00:35 PM PDT by smoothsailing
March 15, 2011
Last Haditha Defendant Denied Travel 0rders For Appeals Court Hearing
SSgt Frank Wuterich remains the last Marine pending charges of manslaughter for the 2005 deaths of 24 Iraqi citizens in Haditha. His military appellate defense attorneys are presenting oral arguments before the highest military court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF).
The pre-trial motions and appeals that have reached the highest court, involve the fact that his assigned active duty military attorneys retired from the Marine Corps without first properly being relived from representing SSgt Wuterich under proper courtroom procedures, including asking Wuterich whether he would prefer that they remain on his case. This severance of attorney/client privilege left SSgt Wuterich without his appointed active duty attorneys contrary to the Constitution, federal law and the Manual for Courts-Martial.
The CAAF has agreed to adjudicate an extraordinary writ appeal that Wuterichs appellate attorneys submitted requesting a stay in the general court-martial until the Marine Corps cures the improper severance of his representation by his active duty military attorneys who retired in 2008.
The CAAF rarely agrees to review issues prior to a court-martial and even more unusual is the request for oral arguments before the court in this type of pre-trial appeal. The arguments are scheduled for March 30th in Washington DC. SSgt Wuterich has been denied travel orders to attend the hearing. Instead, this Marine will have to request to take leave and pay for his own transportation and lodging to hear the arguments that can determine whether or not he faces a court-martial.
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LOL. My Favorite Haditha/Defend our Marines picture, evah!
G'Night Y'all! ;-)
Funny things, those coincidences. (Thanks)
Whoops, wrong Sullivan
Perhaps the others who are pushing up daisies deserve the truth behind their death ?