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  • Life after Haditha...(former USMC Lance Corporal Justin Sharratt)

    01/28/2012 2:04:58 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 9 replies
    Washington(PA) Observer-Reporter ^ | 1-28-2012 | Andy McNeil
    January 28, 2012 Life after Haditha... by Andy McNeil, Staff writerFormer U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt said he was relieved when Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich walked away a free man earlier this week following a six-year prosecution for a 2005 attack that killed two dozen unarmed Iraqis. "Everybody else went through hell five years ago and we all got the opportunity to move on with our lives. Frank was the one that was stuck behind, still in the military on legal hold," said Sharratt, whose family lives in Canonsburg. "I'm just happy that he has the chance to...
  • The Cloud of Haditha Lifted(Statement of SSGT Wuterich Attorneys)

    01/26/2012 12:57:05 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Puckett & Puckett, PLLC ^ | 1-25-2012 | Haytham Faraj and Neal A. Puckett
    The Cloud of Haditha Lifted Haytham Faraj and Neal A. Puckett January 25, 2012 The last Marine charged in the deaths of 24 Iraqi’s in Haditha on November 19, 2005, begins his new life today. SSgt Frank Wuterich has finally been exonerated of all murder and manslaughter charges after prosecutors failed to produce any credible evidence of those crimes. He took responsibility for his tactical decisions, all of which were based on his Marine Corps training. He told the court he is saddened by the outcome of combat action that morning but that he did the best he could under...
  • TRIAL OF SSGT WUTERICH: NO MURDER, NO JAIL, THE END OF AN ORDEAL

    01/24/2012 7:17:07 PM PST · by RedRover · 48 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 24, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – The long, lonely journey of Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich ended today when military judge LtCol David Jones sentenced the father of three to 90 days confinement and reduction in grade to Private (E-1), the lowest rank in the Marine Corps. However, the convening authority Lieutenant General Thomas D. Waldhauser had stipulated that Wuterich will not be confined so the incarceration order was immediately vacated. Wuterich will be reduced in rank in 14 days unless Waldhauser – the convening authority – overrules the judge’s sentence and restores Wuterich to his current rank or some other...
  • Puckett and Faraj Press Statement on Sentence of SSgt Wuterich (Trial Defense Attorneys)

    01/24/2012 5:15:41 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 31 replies
    Puckett and Faraj PLLC ^ | 1-24-2012 | Haytham Faraj, Esq. and Neal A. Puckett, Esq.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: – January 24, 2012, 3:50PM, Camp Pendleton CA Puckett and Faraj Press Statement on Sentence of SSgt Wuterich We wish to first acknowledge the tragic loss of civilian life in Haditha on November 19, 2005, and express our condolences to the families who lost loved ones that day. The military justice system has fairly dealt with SSgt Wuterich’s case by delivering a measure of justice. Today, SSgt Wuterich stands vindicated by the very system that has held him captive for over 6 years. This case began with sadness for the loss of life and ended with rage...
  • THE TRIAL IS OVER: SSGT WUTERICH PLEADS GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF NEGLIGENT DERELICTION OF DUTY

    01/23/2012 7:08:17 PM PST · by RedRover · 111 replies · 1+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 23, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms and David Allender
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – The General Court Martial of US Marine Corps SSgt Frank D. Wuterich ended Monday morning after a plea deal was reached over the weekend. In return for a guilty plea to one count of Negligent Dereliction of Duty, the six-year ordeal of the 31-year old father of three is finally over. Negligent dereliction is a lesser included offense detailed in Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Dereliction of Duty. Before the agreement, SSgt Wuterich was charged with “Willful Dereliction of Duty,” a much more severe offense. In return for his plea, 13 charges,...
  • TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH: WEEK TWO: NO CASE EVIDENT YET

    01/21/2012 5:11:50 PM PST · by RedRover · 21 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 21, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Motel 6, Oceanside, Calif. -- The second week of testimony ended Friday afternoon at the court-martial of SSgt Frank D. Wuterich. So far the government has not proved he unlawfully killed anyone, much less how, where, or when. What has been firmly established is that Wuterich is a great Marine infantryman greatly admired both by his squad and his superiors. The former squad leader is charged with killing an unspecified number of civilians in Iraq in 2005, assaulting others, and being derelict in his duties. Defend Our Marines didn’t report the story Friday night because the whole day of testimony...
  • SSGT WUTERICH'S CHOICE: THE TRIAL WILL GO ON

    01/20/2012 4:33:55 AM PST · by RedRover · 46 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 20, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. -- The decision is in. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Frank D. Wuterich is back on trial this morning to face charges of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and dereliction of duty for his role in the deaths of 14 Iraqi civilians who died at Haditha, Iraq in late 2005. If convicted he could face the rest of his life in prison. The 31-year-old father of three young girls was on the verge of submitting a request for administrative separation from the Marine Corps when he suddenly changed his mind. Compelled by the certainty of his own innocence and...
  • SSGT WUTERICH'S CHOICE

    01/19/2012 6:01:29 PM PST · by RedRover · 62 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 19, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms & David Allender
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. -- Defend Our Marines has learned there is a deal on the table inside a Camp Pendleton courtroom where SSgt Frank D Wuterich now balances choices that will determine the rest of life. The 31-year-old father of three can bite the proverbial bullet and ask for administrative separation, or he can dig in his heels and fight for the principles he has already proved he is willing to die for. Another option, considered less likely but more compelling, is a “Directed Verdict,” in which the judge tells the government it hasn’t made its case in all or...
  • MILITARY: Deal might be in works in Wuterich Haditha prosecution

    01/18/2012 9:25:57 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 15 replies
    North County Times ^ | January 18, 2012 | Mark Walker
    Discussions were apparently under way Wednesday that could end the ongoing manslaughter trial of Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich for his role in the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in 2005. With government witnesses waiting to testify, the military judge overseeing the proceedings at Camp Pendleton announced Wednesday afternoon that the trial was on hold while prosecutors and Wuterich's attorneys "explore options" and "go ahead with negotiations." The judge, Lt. Col. David Jones, also informed the two sides that he was available for consultation if needed. The sudden disruption in the trial is a strong signal that an agreement...
  • THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH: POSSIBLE DEAL IN WORKS

    01/18/2012 7:08:39 PM PST · by RedRover · 50 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | 18 January 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – Defend Our MarinesA source close to the trial said a lack of money on the defense side, a lack of evidence on the prosecution side, and the likelihood that the eight-member panel will find SSgt Frank Wuterich not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and related charges have all combined to bring the case to a possible conclusion. Wuterich was charged in December 2006 with murder stemming from the multi-million dollar, worldwide investigation triggered by a specious Time magazine story in March 2006. Wuterich is also charged with Dereliction of Duty and Assault with a Deadly Weapon after...
  • Haditha: Where Are They (the Accusers) Now?

    01/18/2012 6:16:53 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Andrew Breitbart-Big Peace ^ | 1-18-2012 | Diana West
    Haditha: Where Are They (the Accusers) Now? Diana West January 18, 2012 Eight charged; seven cleared; one, please, let’s hope, to go.Finally, the last “Haditha” trial is in progress, and, thanks to Nat Helms at Defend Our Marines, everything you need or want to know about the proceedings, the witnesses, the facts about the case of SSGT Frank D. Wuterich, the last of the Marine Mohicans, is here. Tim McGirk, source of the Haditha myth-acre. Of course, I still have a few questions — the exact same questions I had when I first looked at the case back in late...
  • Trial of SSgt. Wuterich: "If I'm Receiving Fire, I've Got to Assume the House is Hostile"

    01/17/2012 8:44:20 PM PST · by RedRover · 34 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 17, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major Edward T. Sax landed several heavy blows on the government’s battered and bruised case against Haditha defendant SSgt Frank D. Wuterich Tuesday afternoon. “Wuterich was a great Marine,” he told the eight member panel of officers and senior non-commissioned officers intently watching the exchange between Sax and defense attorney Haytham Faraj. Sax, considered by both the officers and man of the Thundering Third to be a Marine’s Marine, told the panel of officers and senior non-commissioned officers that Wuterich’s decimated squad did it right when they blasted through two civilian...
  • Week one ‘Haditha’ Marine trial analysis Part II: the counter-attack upon houses 1 and 2

    01/17/2012 8:14:44 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    Week one ‘Haditha’ Marine trial analysis Part II: the counter-attack upon houses 1 and 2 Tim Sumner January 17, 2012 United States Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich stands accused of 9 counts of voluntary manslaughter, 2 counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, 3 counts of dereliction of duty, and “responsible for the deaths of 19 civilians” in Haditha, Iraq. The trial is expected to take four weeks. The prosecution began its case last Monday. If you have not, please first read Part I. Part II completes my analysis of the trial to date and includes key testimony that the...
  • Week one ‘Haditha’ Marine trial analysis Part I: An ambush on Route Chestnut and the white car

    01/16/2012 4:18:15 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 5 replies
    Week one ‘Haditha’ Marine trial analysis Part I: An ambush on Route Chestnut and the white carTim SumnerJanuary 16, 2012United States Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich stands accused of 9 counts of voluntary manslaughter, 2 counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, 3 counts of dereliction of duty, and “responsible for the deaths of 19 civilians” in Haditha, Iraq. The trial is expected to take four weeks. The prosecution began its case last Monday. What follows is key testimony that the media has failed to report and my analysis of the trial to date. The ambiguous Rules of Engagement card...
  • THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH: Week One Report

    01/16/2012 12:35:07 PM PST · by RedRover · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 15, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – The General Court Martial of U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Frank D. Wuterich became a certainty on November 20, 2005, one day after his squad lost one Marine and killed 24 Iraqis before passing the score of their bloody encounter up the chain of command. At first glance the events at an obscure place called Haditha, Iraq seemed routine enough. If noticed at all, the blossoming debacle was just another soul-numbing calamity among the hundreds of random tragedies unfolding across the shattering region every week during the second year of the war. The day after the...
  • Platoon commander defends Marine on trial in deaths of 24 Iraqis(DEFEND OUR MARINES credited)

    01/14/2012 1:51:57 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1-14-2012 | Tony Perry
    Platoon commander defends Marine on trial in deaths of 24 Iraqis January 14, 2012 | 10:45 amThe platoon commander on the day in 2005 when Marines killed 24 unarmed Iraqis was called as a prosecution witness Friday in the court martial of the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich.But the testimony of William Kallop seemed to bolster the case of the defense, not the prosecution in the closely watched trial at Camp Pendleton.Wuterich and his squad did nothing wrong, Kallop testified....Snip..... The court martial, in which Wuterich faces charges of manslaughter, assault and dereliction of duty, resumes Tuesday with more...
  • Haditha Platoon Leader Testifies: "My Marines Followed the Rules of Engagement"

    01/14/2012 8:02:28 AM PST · by RedRover · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 13, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – A former lieutenant, the first Marine officer to testify at the General Court Martial of Staff Sergeant Frank D. Wuterich, took the witness Friday morning and used it to forcefully dispute the Marine Corps’ contention that his former squad leader had committed war crimes.Wuterich is accused of leading a counter-attack by four Marines that led to the accidental deaths of Iraqi civilians at Haditha, Iraq more than six years ago. Kallop was his platoon commander and the officer who ordered Wuterich to “clear South” before the Marines stormed two houses which they believed were the source...
  • DEFEND OUR MARINES-THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH-DELA CRUZ TAKES THE STAND

    01/12/2012 9:05:17 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    DEFEND OUR MARINES ^ | 1-11-2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    DEFEND OUR MARINES THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH DELA CRUZ TAKES THE STAND by Nathaniel R. Helms | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | Day Five Camp Pendleton, Calif. – Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz, a battle-rattled combat Marine who made a deal with the government to avoid court martial for murder, testified Wednesday morning that he saw Staff Sergeant Frank D. Wuterich shoot five unarmed Iraqi men after a roadside bomb exploded in Haditha in November 2005. It is either the fourth or fifth version of his observations since he failed a polygraph, and then elected to accept immunity from...
  • DEFEND OUR MARINES-THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH-LCPL STEPHEN TATUM TESTIFIES

    01/12/2012 8:33:55 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    DEFEND OUR MARINES ^ | 1-10-2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    DEFEND OUR MARINES THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH LCPL STEPHEN TATUM TESTIFIES by Nathaniel R. Helms | Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | Day Four Camp Pendleton, Calif. – Former Marine rifleman Stephen Tatum took the stand Tuesday morning in the second day of witness testimony at the General Court Martial of Staff Sergeant Frank D. Wuterich, accused of leading his men in the murders of Iraqi citizens in Haditha more than six years ago. Tatum, a veteran of the battle for Fallujah in 2004, was called by the prosecution to recount his actions after his 12-man squad was ambushed after...
  • WHAT HAPPENED IN HADITHA?: A Chronology of Events

    01/08/2012 4:25:15 PM PST · by RedRover · 14 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 7, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms and David Allender
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – The events in Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005 will be the subject of a great deal of testimony during the upcoming weeks in the General Court Martial of SSgt Frank D. Wuterich. Defend Our Marines decided it would be useful to provide a chronology of those events that are now the basis for the trial. The Ambush on Route ChestnutThe White Car Incident – Facts in evidenceNov.19, 2005 - 0830/Haditha, Iraq – Twelve Marines from 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines riding in four poorly armored Humvees were returning from resupplying a combat...
  • THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH:Final Battle Of Haditha Set To Begin

    01/07/2012 2:51:31 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 47 replies
    DEFEND OUR MARINES ^ | 1-6-2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH:Final Battle Of Haditha Set To Begin by Nathaniel R. Helms | Friday, January 6, 2012 | Day Two: Jury selection complete Camp Pendleton, Calif. – An eight-man panel of four officers and four senior non-commissioned officers will begin listening to testimony Monday morning when the lawyers fighting the final Battle of Haditha offer their opening statements at the General Court Martial of SSgt Frank D. Wuterich, the last Marine standing in the six-year-old fight. The government is apparently expecting a tough battle in the weeks ahead. “I can’t think of a single witness desiring of...
  • The Trial of SSgt Wuterich Day One: Chessani Will Not Testify

    01/06/2012 4:19:29 AM PST · by RedRover · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 5, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – LtCol. Jeffrey Chessani, battalion commanding officer of the Thundering Third at time of the so-called “Haditha Massacre", will not be testifying at the court-martial of SSgt Frank Wuterich, the military judge said Thursday. Chessani was the highest ranking Marine charged with a crime in connection with the deaths of 24 Iraqi citizens following a roadside ambush in the dusty Iraqi city during November 2005. “Chessani will not be a witness,” announced military judge LtCol. David Jones. “We lost that battle,” said chief defense attorney Neal Puckett, himself a former Marine military judge. Chessani was one of...
  • The Haditha Marines-The Squad Leader-A Final Chapter (SSgt Wuterich-Master Thread)

    01/02/2012 10:28:48 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 637 replies · 1+ views
    1-2-2012
    January 2, 2012The Haditha Marines-The Squad Leader-A Final Chapter It certainly seems appropriate that the last defendant in the Haditha case is the squad leader, SSgt Frank Wuterich. Leaders take responsibility, and SSgt Wuterich has taken full responsibility for the actions of his squad in Haditha. His stance from the outset has remained clear: "My Marines responded to the threats they faced in the manner that we all had been trained", he has steadfastly maintained. "I will bear the memory of the events of that day forever, and will always mourn the unfortunate deaths of the innocent Iraqis who were...
  • HADITHA TRIALS ALMOST AT AN END (Nat helms talks with Neal Puckett)

    08/15/2010 10:35:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 14, 2010 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    One month from now the longest, most expensive criminal investigation in Marine Corps history will finally come to an end one way or another at the general court martial of SSgt Frank Wuterich, the last Marine accused of unlawful killings at Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005. “When the public sees the truth at this court-martial, it will be one of the biggest news stories of the year,” said Neal Puckett, the lead defense attorney in the upcoming court martial. “The truth of the story is yet to be revealed.” Almost five years ago, a hidden insurgent remotely triggered...
  • The LtCol Chessani Case: Good News and Bad News... Mostly Bad

    09/06/2009 5:40:02 AM PDT · by RedRover · 26 replies · 1,359+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 5, 2009 | Bob Weimann
    “So is this justice? Not really. Having promised a full and open inquiry, the Corps held many hearings in secret session, held the findings secret, and released its decision on the disposition of the case on the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day, the perfect time to bury such news in a long holiday weekend. The Corps wanted this to just go away because of the embarrassment it caused and the doubts it cast on the fledgling Marine Corps Special Operations Command. Now, there are also lingering doubts over whether justice was indeed done, and worse, open questions about the credibility,...
  • GENERAL CONWAY BAILS (LtCol Chessani--Haditha case)

    06/28/2009 6:17:41 PM PDT · by RedRover · 16 replies · 1,905+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | June 20, 2009 | Bob Weimann
    Professionals that cannot change themselves from within, cannot respond to the needs of their constituencies while also inspiring the admiration and loyalty of their own members are in trouble.--"Tarnished Brass: Is the US Military Profession in Decline?" by Richard H. Kohn, World Affairs, Spring 2009 When General Conway took over as the Marine Corps Commandant, he went on the speech circuit talking about the “long war”. One speech was made at the Marines’ Memorial Association and World Affairs Council, in San Francisco, California on July 10, 2007. In that speech, General Conway stated, “we have a couple of incidents in...
  • Unfriendly Fire; let’s end America’s lawfare against our troops

    05/18/2009 7:55:19 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 14 replies · 1,117+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | May 18, 2009 | Tim Sumner
    Last night on Freedom Radio, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Robert Weimann talked about his open letter to Secretary of the Army Pete Geren. Within it, 'Capt Roger Hill Case: Mister Secretary, it's time to end the double standard,' LTC Weimann demonstrates that political considerations have endangered the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and resulted in more than a few unjust prosecutions of our troops. Battlefield evidentiary requirements will be addressed within a revamp of the Military Commission Act (that was nearly hidden within Friday's White House announcement). With due respect to President Obama, those few select Members of Congress with...
  • Two Awards, One Semper Fi [Murtha and Justin Sharratt]

    04/10/2009 7:06:43 PM PDT · by RedRover · 77 replies · 1,966+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | April 10, 2009 | Bob Weimann
    I missed two award ceremonies this past week and these two ceremonies make interesting contrasts regarding Marines. I must admit that I was not invited to the first ceremony nor is there any earthly reason why I should have been. I read about it in a Bing West article, "Distinguished Disservice: In honoring Murtha, the Navy insults its own". Mr. West, a Marine veteran, is the noted author of several books. His latest is an excellent work about the Iraq War entitled, The Strongest Tribe. The Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Donald C. Winter, awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award...
  • Another Marine found Innocent (you'll love this)

    04/09/2009 12:34:34 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 34 replies · 1,487+ views
    NRO's Corner ^ | April 9, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Sgt Ryan Weemer, accused of killing an unarmed man during the battle of Fallujah. Acquitted by a jury of eight officers who had been in combat. Good thing Jack Murtha wasn't on the jury; he would have likely voted for conviction before the first witness was sworn. Tell me again how he keeps winning elections. And then fix it, please.
  • Marine acquitted on all counts

    04/09/2009 11:16:27 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 37 replies · 10,928+ views
    North County Times | April 9, 2009 | Mark Walker
    CAMP PENDLETON -- A military jury this morning acquitted Marine Sgt. Ryan Weemer in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi insurgent during the battle for the city of Fallujah in 2004. The 26-year-old Illinois native hugged his attorney, who broke into tears on hearing the not-guilty verdict. Weemer's wife, sister and high school English teacher, who attended each day of the trial that started March 30, also cried as the decision was read. Weemer was charged last year with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty. Prosecutors alleged that as a corporal, he killed one of four captive insurgents the government...
  • Sins of the Generals helped John Murtha rush Haditha Marines to injustice

    03/24/2009 4:33:19 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 41 replies · 1,614+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica.org ^ | March 24, 2009 | Tim Sumner
    During a March 22, 2009, Freedom Radio interview, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Robert Weimann discussed the improper command influence that occured throughout much of the Haditha investigation. The 'Sins of the Generals' were many and began even before Tim McGirk's insurgent talking-points driven Time magazine article. The top brass violated both the spirit and intent of the 1986 'Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reform Act'. The combat commander was the convening authority yet politicians, those outside the chain-of-command, and others improperly interjected themselves, let media buzz and enemy propaganda into their decision cycles, and forced further investigation even after Army Colonel...
  • Second Fallujah trial postponed [Good news for Sgt Nelson and a happy New Year to all]

    12/31/2008 3:44:25 PM PST · by RedRover · 54 replies · 993+ views
    North County Times ^ | December 30, 2008 | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- The Monday start of a trial for the second of three men accused of killing four unarmed captives during a 2004 battle in Iraq has been delayed. Sgt. Jermaine Nelson was scheduled to go on trial in a base courtroom on a charge of unpremeditated murder for allegedly shooting one of the captives. No bodies were ever found in a case built almost exclusively on an admission from one of the defendants. Nelson also is charged with three counts of dereliction of duty for failing to follow the rules of engagement, the laws of war and the...
  • Merry Christmas to My Favorite Freepers [Santa names names!]

    12/24/2008 5:25:29 PM PST · by RedRover · 83 replies · 1,718+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | December 24, 2008 | David Allender
    On this, the third Christmas that we've been following the Haditha travesty, I wanted to give a seasonal shout-out to all the pals I've made over these past three years. Many are known to me, and to each other, only by screen names on Free Republic. Still, you're all like my extended family, and so here's a list of my Christmas wishes for you... For Girlene, a millionaire Boyene or a pony (your choice). For ticked, a blog that has more readers than the New York Times (God knows you deserve it). For lilycicero, a million smiles all your own...
  • Attorney describes Edmond Marine’s defense [Haditha Marine gets standing ovation]

    11/27/2008 6:44:44 AM PST · by RedRover · 33 replies · 1,017+ views
    The Oklahoman ^ | November 21, 2008 | JAY F. MARKS
    A Houston defense attorney on Thursday exhorted peers in Oklahoma County to embrace their "special responsibility.” Jack Zimmerman said it is vital for attorneys to be willing to stand between the government and those overmatched individuals it tries to put in prison. "When you’re dealing with liberty, and not money, you have a special responsibility,” he said. Zimmerman on Thursday discussed one of his recent cases — involving a former Edmond Marine accused of murdering civilians in Iraq — at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association at the Cox Convention Center. He detailed his defense...
  • HADITHA: Undue Influence from the Start

    10/31/2008 9:00:42 AM PDT · by RedRover · 23 replies · 571+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | October 30, 2008 | Bob Weimann, LtCol USMC (Ret)
    Initially, when the Haditha story broke, a number of things did not make sense to me and sent my mental warning flags flying. One of the concerns was that so many of the Pentagon generals seem to be involved while the investigations were still being conducted. In addition, the Washington generals were not relying on the combat commanders in Iraq to establish the facts of Haditha but were responding to the Washington political pressure and media. Another flag was the censure and relief of the Marine Corps combat chain of command. Again, the censures and relief occurred before the investigations...
  • Slander? Marine Sues Rep. Murtha Over Haditha Comments [Justin Sharratt interview on Fox]

    10/02/2008 3:42:34 AM PDT · by RedRover · 38 replies · 621+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | October 1, 2008
    Watch the interview at the source: Fox News (while it's up). Or see it now in Windows Media or as a Flash file (these are large files: they will take a couple-few minutes to load). Interview transcript:MEGYN KELLY: It has been one of the most talked about stories of the Iraq War: the so-called Haditha Massacre. Two dozen Iraqis killed by US Marines. After the news first broke, Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, a former Marine himself, was quick to condemn the accused Marines, saying they quote “murdered these Iraqis in cold blood”. Take a look at this exchange from MSNBC......
  • Haditha Marine Justin Sharratt on with Steve Malzberg / WOR at 4:45 today (Call-ins needed)

    09/29/2008 12:03:20 PM PDT · by RedRover · 24 replies · 482+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 29, 2008 | David Allender
    Justin Sharratt and his attorney, Noah Geary, kicked off their media tour this morning on KDKA Radio. The two are publicizing the slander lawsuit against Congressman Murtha. (For more, see HERE.) The morning show on KDKA, with host Marty Griffin received an appalling number of calls from slander-lovers who stuck up for Murtha, the Slime Thing. Justin and Noah are scheduled to be on the Steve Malzberg show at 4:45 (though that can change with breaking news). Click HERE for more information Steve's show. Please consider calling the show at 1-800-321-8828 and let Justin and Noah know that real Americans...
  • EXCLUSIVE IN THE HADITHA CASE! Former Marine files suit against Murtha [Update #109]

    09/24/2008 6:34:51 PM PDT · by RedRover · 221 replies · 4,045+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 24, 2008 | David Allender
    Former Marine lance corporal, Justin Sharratt, files suit against Congressman John MurthaSecond defamation suit to be filed by a Marine who Murtha said "murdered innocent civilians in cold-blood". Sharratt is a constituent of Murtha in Pennsylvania's 12th District. Press conferences tomorrow. Developing. Story to follow.
  • FALLUJAH CASE: Government Drops Contempt Charges Against Marine Sergeants Weemer and Nelson

    09/23/2008 8:57:28 AM PDT · by RedRover · 31 replies · 181+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 23, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Government Drops Contempt Charges Against Sergeants Weemer and NelsonThis is a developing story. For background on the contempt charges, see here.
  • HADITHA: CBS Fights the Corps

    09/19/2008 9:28:52 AM PDT · by RedRover · 30 replies · 372+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 17, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    The CBS television network battled it out with the Marine Corps Wednesday morning at the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. The fight is over outtakes from a 60 Minutes interview with a Marine sergeant accused of killing civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Lawyers representing the three sides (the Marine Corps, CBS and SSgt Frank Wuterich) told the five-judge panel why, and why not, the Marine Corps should be entitled to video recordings the news program didn’t use. The interview was conducted by correspondent Scott Pelley for the 60 Minutes investigation, "The Killings in Haditha". It...
  • Who’s Behind the Government’s Delay in Bringing the Haditha Case to a Close?

    09/12/2008 6:44:54 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 52 replies · 222+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | 9-11-08 | Rusty Howell & David Allender - COMMENTARY
    Defend Our Marines main page  Who’s Behind the Government’s Delay in Bringing the Haditha Case to a Close? Defend Our Marines | Rusty Howell and David Allender [pdf] September 11, 2008 -- It’s fitting that the last remaining defendant in the Haditha case is the squad leader, SSgt Frank Wuterich. Real leaders take responsibility, and SSgt Wuterich has taken full responsibility for the actions of his squad in Haditha. He has also expressed deep remorse for any civilians who were killed as a result of those actions. Over the past 18 months, Wuterich, still waiting to clear his name,...
  • The Nazario Trial: A Final View from the Courtroom

    09/04/2008 2:51:21 PM PDT · by RedRover · 19 replies · 227+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 4, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Defend Our Marines | Nathaniel R. Helms | Thursday, September 4, 2008 [pdf]Riverside, California – A reporter quickly learns that nothing is ever as it seems. That was never more apparent than at the recent US District Court trial of a former Marine acquitted of war crimes that allegedly occured in Fallujah, Iraq almost four years ago. Former sergeant and infantry squad leader Jose L. Nazario was a Riverside Police Department probationary patrolman when he was arrested last year by federal agents and charged in US District Court with killing two enemy prisoners of war. “Was” is the operative word...
  • NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS! Verdict in Nazario Trial

    08/28/2008 2:10:24 PM PDT · by RedRover · 248 replies · 1,029+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 28, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
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  • NAZARIO TRIAL, DAY FOUR: WAR OR MURDER? IT'S IN THE JURY'S HANDS

    08/28/2008 9:29:04 AM PDT · by RedRover · 28 replies · 265+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 27, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Riverside, California--A jury of 12 civilians began deliberations Wednesday afternoon in the case of a former Marine infantry squad leader accused of killing four unarmed insurgents in Fallujah Iraq almost four years ago. Former Sgt. Jose L. Nazario faces federal charges of voluntary manslaughter, abetting murder, assault with a deadly weapon and unlawfully using his firearm. Assistant US Attorney Jerry Behnke took the first shots in closing arguments that began Wednesday morning. Before offering closing arguments, he offered the jury of nine women and three men a surreptitiously recorded telephone conversation between the former squad leader and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson,...
  • NAZARIO TRIAL, DAY THREE: WHAT PURPOSE IS SERVED?

    08/27/2008 12:39:23 PM PDT · by RedRover · 46 replies · 412+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 26, 2088 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Riverside, California--After two years, countless thousands of dollars and the destruction of far too many reputations, the manslaughter trial of former Marine Corps Sergeant Jose L. Nazario is almost over. Tuesday afternoon at the close of business US District Judge Stephen Larson told the lawyers and spectators in the crowded court room in Riverside that the case against Nazario will go to the jury Thursday morning. From the sound of the things, the news didn’t reach the nine women and three men any too soon. They were already asking Larson when the trial would end, he said. Despite watching the...
  • Thin Air: Evidence Fails to Materialize in Fallujah Murder Trial

    08/26/2008 6:49:35 AM PDT · by RedRover · 60 replies · 222+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 26, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Riverside, California--The first witness with personal knowledge of what allegedly happened at Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 is expected to testify today against his former squad leader in US District Court. Former Lance Corporal Corey Carlisle was a Mormon missionary working in Indiana last year when he told a Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigator he heard and saw events that indicated several of his squad mates killed enemy prisoners in the opening hours of the battle. Carlisle told NCIS Special Agent Mark O Fox that his former squad leader Sgt. Jose L. Nazario, his fire team leader Cpl. Ryan Weemer, and...
  • NAZARIO TRIAL, DAY TWO: The Stuff of Legend

    08/23/2008 12:55:32 PM PDT · by RedRover · 48 replies · 236+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 23, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Riverside, California--The heated atmosphere at the US District Court in Riverside grew even more contentious Friday morning when two Marine sergeants accused of murder by military authorities refused to testify in the manslaughter case of their former squad leader Jose Luis Nazario. The air was already charged with anticipation when sergeants Ryan Weemer and Jermaine Nelson, both 26, marched in ramrod straight to tell US District Judge Stephen Larson that they were refusing to obey his order to testify against their former squad leader. All three men are charged with participating in the execution of four enemy combatants their squad...
  • NAZARIO TRIAL, DAY ONE: "This kind of case is supposed to be in a military court"

    08/22/2008 4:58:28 AM PDT · by RedRover · 46 replies · 735+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 22, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Riverside, California--There is a lot at stake in the utilitarian court room dominated by the Seal of the United States District Court for Central California at Riverside. This is where former Marine Corps Sergeant Jose Luis Nazario, 28, is on trial for allegedly killing enemy combatants his squad captured in the opening hours of the battle for Fallujah, Iraq almost four years ago. Two other Marines in the squad he led are charged with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty by the Marine Corps. For the record, Nazario says it never happened. On trial with Nazario is almost 250 years...
  • FALLUJAH MURDER CASE: THE TRIAL OF JOSE NAZARIO [LIVE THREAD]

    08/20/2008 2:26:52 PM PDT · by RedRover · 93 replies · 270+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 20, 2008 | David Allender | Nat Helms
    Wednesday, August 20: Jury selection is complete in the Jose Nazario trial. Fifty-four jurors were pooled, twelve (and two alternates) were chosen. There are nine women and three men on the jury, most have military members in their family and some are veterans. Jose Nazario is happy with the jury selection and confident that justice will be served. Opening statements are scheduled for tomorrow. And so we begin....
  • Hearing on Iraq detainee death case postponed (Defend 1LT Behenna/SSG Warner!)

    08/19/2008 9:49:48 AM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies · 691+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 19 Aug 08 | Joseph Giordono
    Hearing on Iraq detainee death case postponed By Joseph Giordono, Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Tuesday, August 19, 2008 The Article 32 hearing for one of two U.S. soldiers charged with killing a detainee near Beiji, Iraq, has been postponed until Sept. 5, military officials said. Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner was originally to face the hearing last week. Warner and 1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna, both members of Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, based in Fort Campbell, Ky., face charges of premeditated murder, accessory after the fact, assault, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice....