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  • Marine's Iraq murder conviction tossed - Hutchins, USMC Hamdania

    06/26/2013 5:40:01 PM PDT · by Saoirise · 42 replies
    San Diego union Tribune ^ | 6/26/2013 | Gretel Kovich
    A major Iraq War crimes case was upended Wednesday when the military's highest court tossed the conviction of a former Camp Pendleton Marine accused of murdering an unarmed man in Hamdaniya, Iraq in 2006. Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, the former squad leader of the "Pendleton 8" as supporters in San Diego called them, was convicted in 2007 and is serving an 11-year sentence in the brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The military accused Hutchins of being the ringleader in a plot to capture and kill a suspected insurgent at the height of the war. When they couldn’t find...
  • SECNAV Boots Two Sergeants for Lying At Haditha Court-Martial

    04/20/2012 9:50:38 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Neal Puckett ^ | 4-20-2012 | Neal Puckett
    April 20, 2012 SECNAV Boots Two Sergeants for Lying At Haditha Court-Martial Neal Puckett Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has ordered administrative separation processing of two squad members who testified against SSgt Wuterich in January and admitted lying to NCIS and on the stand about the November 2005 shooting deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha.  During the January 2012 court-martial of the squad leader, SSgt Wuterich, Sgt’s Humberto M. Mendoza and Sanick P. Dela Cruz testified on the stand that they lied to NCIS during the investigation, the Article 32 investigations and withheld information.  Their motivation to do so was...
  • Frank Wuterich no longer in the Marine Corps (Haditha Marines)

    02/20/2012 6:21:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 43 replies
    North County Times ^ | 2-20-2012 | Mark Walker
    MILITARY: Frank Wuterich no longer in the Marine Corps Mark Walker February 20, 2012 [EXCERPTED] The Camp Pendleton Marine at the center of two dozen Iraqi civilian killings in 2005 has left the service. Former Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich's last day in the Marine Corps was Friday, said a base spokesman, Lt. Col. Joseph Kloppel. Wuterich pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to one count of negligent dereliction of duty for his role in the killings. That ended his high-profile court-martial at Camp Pendleton, where he was being tried on manslaughter and related charges in the deaths that took place in the...
  • MILITARY: Website of Wuterich's lawyers hacked (Haditha Marines)

    02/03/2012 5:31:07 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 77 replies · 1+ views
    North County Times ^ | 2-3-2012 | Mark Walker
    MILITARY: Website of Wuterich's lawyers hacked Mark Walker February 3, 2012 A hacker group known as Anonymous took responsibility Friday for defacing a website and stealing files and emails from attorneys who represented Camp Pendleton's Frank Wuterich in a case involving the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians. Wuterich's lead attorney, Neal Puckett, confirmed the intrusion and apparent theft from him and his partner, Haytham Faraj. ....Snip.... Puckett said he has filed a complaint with the FBI over the hacking. The group that got into his website says it plans to release information it found about the Haditha case. Puckett said...
  • BEGINNING OUR LIVES AGAIN

    01/30/2012 9:24:12 PM PST · by Semper Fi Mom · 46 replies
    Rosemarie Wuterich | Jan. 31, 2012 | Semper Fi Mom
    The Haditha incident is finally over for our family. It has been a grueling 6+ years for all of us and time for us to start over. The decision our son made at his court martial was the right one for him and his three girls. A decision that made all of us proud. Proud of his courage, proud of his outstanding ability to take responsibility for the actions of his squad, proud of the life he has made for his girls. Although some of you may disagree with his decision, it was the best one for him and his...
  • Lessons from Haditha's Quiet Denouement

    01/30/2012 9:44:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2012 | Jonathan F. Keiler
    Six years ago, in Haditha, Iraq, in the wake of a deadly insurgent attack on their convoy, a Marine quick reaction force raided several houses from which they were taking fire. At the conclusion of the action it became clear that a number of Iraqi civilians had been killed, which was duly reported up the Marine Corps chain of command. The command determined that while the deaths were unfortunate, the engaged Marines had not violated the laws of war. Then, early in 2006, a reporter from Time Magazine got wind of the incident, and all hell broke loose. An...
  • MILTARY: Marine Corps Knew It Faced Long Odds in Wuterich Prosecution (Haditha)

    01/28/2012 10:05:54 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 39 replies · 1+ views
    North County Times ^ | January 28, 2012 | Mark Walker
    For years, the Marine Corps knew its chances of winning a homicide conviction against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich in the slayings of two dozen Iraqi civilians were dicey. Wuterich, 31, agreed Monday to plead guilty to dereliction of duty in the 2005 incident that sparked worldwide outrage. And that outcome was all the Marine Corps was ever likely to get, the service was told more than four years ago. That opinion came from Lt. Col. Paul Ware, an experienced Marine Corps prosecutor and judge who presided as the investigative officer over hearings for Wuterich and two members of his Camp...
  • 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,...
  • The trial of the last Haditha Marine: SSgt Wuterich takes plea deal

    01/23/2012 3:05:46 PM PST · by Lakeshark · 10 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 1/23/12 | Michelle Malkin
    Today, the plea deal was reached. SSgt Wuterich’s defense team at Puckett Faraj says this afternoon: Press Release, Aexandria VA January 23, 2012/12:45PM: “No one denies that the consequences of November 19, 2005 were tragic, least of all SSgt Frank Wuterich. But the fact of the matter is that he has now been totally exonerated of the homicide charges brought against him by the government and the media. For six years, he’s had his name dragged through the mud. Today, we hope, is the beginning of his redemption. He has always publicly taken responsibility for the lawful actions of his...
  • Marine accepts plea deal in Iraqi civilian deaths

    01/23/2012 11:56:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/23/11 | JULIE WATSON, Associated Press
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children pleaded guilty Monday to dereliction of duty in a deal that will mean a maximum of three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., led the Marine squad in 2005 that killed 24 Iraqis in the town of Haditha after a roadside bomb exploded near a Marine convoy, killing one Marine and wounding two others. It was a stunning and muted end to a case ....
  • 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 Tells His Story in Court Today (Last Haditha Marine-Trial-Day Eleven)

    01/20/2012 9:00:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 99 replies
    Puckett and Faraj PC ^ | 1-20-2012 | Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj
    SSgt Wuterich Tells His Story in Court Today Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj January 20, 2012 Scott Pelley of CBS 60 Minutes, asked just as direct and hard-hitting questions as any government prosecutor in a 2006 interview of SSgt Wuterich. Today in court the prosecution played nearly 3 hours of outtakes where Pelley attempted to get Wuterich to admit his Marines went on a rampage in Haditha Iraq. The prosecution team hoped to show that Wuterich admitted to shooting 5 military aged men and made irresponsible decisions to declare a house hostile and then prove he did it without clear...
  • 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...
  • Marine Corps Colonel Involved in Haditha Trials Murdered

    01/15/2012 10:05:35 AM PST · by ykay · 56 replies
    The Solid Truth ^ | January 14, 2012 | The Solid Truth
    Widow of Marine Corps Colonel Involved in Haditha Trials Launches Campaign to Prove Her Husband Was Murdered PRESS RELEASE January 12, 2012 – Easley, SC – Kimberly Stahlman, widow of Colonel Michael Stahlman USMC, is fighting to prove that her husband did not commit suicide but was instead murdered. However, the Marine Corps refuses to help. As part of this fight she partnered with Tracy Shue, widow of Colonel Philip Shue USAF and writer/military family advocate Cilla McCain and drafted a Bill of Rights for Bereaved Military Families. To bring this campaign to the public, they have started a petition...
  • 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...
  • "Maybe War Should Be on Trial": SSgt Wuterich Court Martial, Day Six

    01/13/2012 6:11:50 AM PST · by RedRover · 44 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | January 12, 2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Camp Pendleton, Calif. – Former Marine sergeant Hector Salinas didn’t mince words when he told a prosecutor Thursday he should have called in airstrikes on a pair of houses in Haditha, Iraq where fourteen men, women and children were cowering in their homes after a huge bomb exploded outside their front doors. “Rounds were impacting on the fourth vehicle. I went back to render aid to my Marines that were wounded. There was destruction everywhere. There was a fog, a haze. When the smoke was clearing out I could see an object. It was LCpl Crossan. He was missing a...
  • 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...
  • Remember SSgt Frank D. Wuterich: The last Haditha Marine goes on trial

    01/02/2012 8:09:17 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 52 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 1/2/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    “Eight Marines were charged. Seven have been cleared as the facts have been revealed. Now one more trial remains.” — Defend Our Marines Welcome to 2012. The headlines will be awash in presidential politics this week, but I want to make sure you take note of the trial of SSgt Frank D. Wuterich set to open Wednesday. He’s the last of the Marines charged in connection to an alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians in the village of Haditha in 2005. The late corruptocrat John Murtha and the New York Slimes convicted and hanged the Marines in 2006 over the case...
  • Don’t rewrite Murtha’s legacy (Haditha Marines)

    12/27/2011 9:25:28 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 59 replies
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ^ | 12-27-2011 | William Russell
    The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PADecember 27, 2011William Russell | Don’t rewrite Murtha’s legacy William Russell — On Dec. 18, Tribune-Democrat Editor Chip Minemyer called for someone in our military to step forward and acknowledge that “Murtha got it right” on Haditha. He cites a New York Times report that classified documents found on an abandoned base in Iraq “support assertions by the late congressman that Marines – stressed to the breaking point by the nature of that conflict  – killed 24 people, including women and children, on Nov. 19, 2005.” Mr. Minemyer is dead wrong. The only fact in his...
  • DEFEND OUR MARINES-LATEST NEWS (Haditha Marines)

    12/06/2011 8:04:51 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 26 replies · 1+ views
    December 6, 2011  DEFEND OUR MARINES   LATEST NEWS The Thomas More Law Center takes on the State Department: Lawsuit filed in case involving Marines charged with Iraqi deaths, Tony Perry , Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2011  
  • EXONERATE LAST HADITHA MARINE-DEFEND OUR MARINES EXCLUSIVE!

    10/25/2011 7:54:32 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 56 replies
    DEFEND OUR MARINES ^ | 10-26-2011 | William T. Russell
    Defend Our Marines main page DEFEND OUR MARINES EXCLUSIVE! ______________________________________________________EXONERATE LAST HADITHA MARINE An editorial by William T. Russell October 26, 2011 – Last week, President Obama announced his decision to withdraw all US troops from Iraq by year’s end.  Some hail it as the end of a war that should never have occurred.  Others see it as a great strategic blunder, committed for political expediency, which will lead to yet another war.  While the decision to withdraw from Iraq is clearly a political one, it is just one of the many political decisions which affect wars and their...
  • FORMER MURTHA AIDE SUPPORTS SSGT FRANK WUTERICH

    10/23/2011 10:05:56 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | October 23, 2011 | David Allender
    In a shocking development , John Hugya, former aide to the late Congressman John Murtha, announced his support for SSgt Frank D. Wuterich, the last of the Haditha Marines awaiting exoneration. The statements by John Hugya were reported by Philip Petrunak in the Somerset County Daily American on October 20, 2011. According to the article, Hugya said "that he supports Wuterich and believes he should be exonerated. Hugya added that if Wuterich is convicted, the president should pardon him." In May 2006, Hugya's boss at the time, John Murtha, charged that SSgt Wuterich had led a squad of rampaging...
  • Wuterich trial in Haditha killings set (DEFEND OUR MARINES)

    10/14/2011 10:06:19 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 22 replies
    North County Times ^ | 10-13-2011 | Mark Walker
    MILITARY: Wuterich trial in Haditha killings set Mark Walker October 13, 2011 All defense appeals in the case of a Camp Pendleton Marine accused of manslaughter in the deaths of nine Iraqis have been exhausted and his trial date has been set. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich is scheduled to go on trial at the base on Jan. 4. ...snip... The November 2005 incident resulted in the prosecution of eight Camp Pendleton Marines, seven of whom have been exonerated through a variety of legal decisions. In total, 24 Iraqis that prosecutors say were civilians and not tied to the insurgency were...
  • Sins of the Generals: Heroes, Shame and Tarnished Brass

    10/02/2011 6:33:12 AM PDT · by polarbear1605 · 23 replies
    http://www.defendourmarines.com ^ | Oct 2, 2011 | Bob Weimann
    Capt John McKenna is a hero who paid the ultimate price by going after a wounded Marine lying in an enemy kill zone. Capt McKenna’s dedication to one of his wounded Marines sets an exceptional standard in both physical and moral courage. His demonstration of courage is a leadership example that is not being followed by US general officers associated with the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Instead of demonstrating courage, our general officers are cowering behind political dogma and marching down the halls of congress with “tarnished brass” and that tarnish is a sad and shameful state of affairs.
  • SSgt Frank Wuterich and Our Future in Iraq (Defend Our Marines Exclusive)

    09/15/2011 5:24:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 15, 2011 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Here in the United States, Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich is waiting for court-martial. He has been waiting five years. In Baghdad, State Department officials negotiating a new Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government need “talking points” to convince them that our country is all about prosecuting service members accused of crimes against the Iraqi people. Frank Wuterich is a talking point. He first came to the attention of official Washington when he was accused of leading a fireteam of Marines on a rampage through Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005. He was indicted a year later...
  • Kilo Co 3/1 Haditha Marines

    07/15/2011 10:06:38 AM PDT · by polarbear1605 · 13 replies
    Defend Our Marines.Com ^ | July 13, 2011 | Bob Weimann
    Sins of the Generals: Indefinite Delay From the North County Times: “Wuterich Trial Postponed Indefinitely” by Mark Walker http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/military/article_4d980698-b22a-5373-b615-d0f1abe38673.html Not much of an article there Mr. Walker. For example, there is no explanation of the descriptor “Indefinitely”. Where is the rest of the story? …as they say.
  • Wuterich Trial Postponed Indefinitely (Haditha)

    06/15/2011 10:12:13 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 43 replies
    North County Times ^ | June 15, 2011 | Mark Walker
    A manslaughter trial for the last defendant in the largest criminal prosecution arising out of the war in Iraq has been postponed indefinitely. Camp Pendleton Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of manslaughter and related offenses in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in the city of Haditha in 2005. The trial that was scheduled to start at Camp Pendleton this month has been delayed as a result of pre-trial wrangling over the removal of one of Wuterich's attorneys. No new trial date has been set.
  • HEROES AND VILLAINS (Haditha Marines)

    06/08/2011 10:34:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | June 8, 2011 | Nathaniel R. Helms
     Everybody knows Osama Bin Laden is dead. American shadow warriors blew him away in Pakistan several weeks ago. The President of the United States said he ordered it. The men tasked with doing the deed began planning for the occasion last August and knew exactly what they intended to do, the Pentagon says. They have since passed secretly into America’s Pantheon of Heroes, the subject of some future spectacular movie.Far fewer people know 32-year old Marine Corps SSgt Frank Wuterich is about to stand court-martial at Camp Pendleton, California for assaulting more than a dozen Iraqi civilians after his 12-man...
  • Last Haditha Defendant Denied Travel 0rders For Appeals Court Hearing (SSGT Frank Wuterich)

    03/18/2011 1:00:35 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 47 replies
    Puckett and Faraj , PC ^ | 3-15-2011 | Puckett and Faraj
    March 15, 2011Last 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...
  • MILITARY: Wuterich trial delayed

    01/17/2011 6:18:09 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    North County Times ^ | January 17, 2011
    The trial of Camp Pendleton Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich for his role in the 2005 deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians has been put off until April. His trial on nine counts of voluntary manslaughter and related charges was scheduled to begin at Camp Pendleton next week. But last week the prosecution and defense asked for a continuation until April 12 in the wake of a court ruling in an unrelated case also arising out of Camp Pendleton.
  • The U.S. Navy's Name Game (a new ship named after Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha?)

    01/12/2011 9:44:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Time ^ | 1/09/11 | Mark Thompson
    The U.S. Navy's Name GamePosted by Mark Thompson Sunday January 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm Prospective parents battling over the names of their unborn kids have nothing on the U.S. Navy, which is in the middle of a spat over the wisdom of naming a new ship for the late Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha. In fact, it has kicked off a bigger battle over just who, or what, should be honored with their names on the great gray hulls of the nation's warships. "It comes down to two points," says military historian James Caiella. "Who and what we are as...
  • MILITARY: Resolution of Marine war-crime cases expected in 2011 (Haditha & Hamdania)

    12/31/2010 1:59:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    NC Times ^ | December 30, 2010 | Mark Walker
    Two Camp Pendleton Marines charged with war crimes in Iraq should see resolution of their long-fought cases in 2011. The cases, both of which involved the slaying of civilians, spurred far-reaching changes on the battlefield ---- changes some troops complain have hindered their ability to protect themselves and each other. ~snip~ "The acts of a single Marine can have profound consequences that reverberate around the world in real times," said Gary Solis, a military law expert and former Marine Corps attorney and judge. "But as long as we put weapons in the hands of 19-, 20-, and 21-year-olds, somewhere, sometime,...