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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • "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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Laws of War to Rules of Law or the Old Switch-A-Roo!

    09/08/2010 11:26:40 AM PDT · by polarbear1605 · 13 replies
    Defend Our Marines.Com ^ | Sep 6, 2010 | Bob Weimann
    Laws of War to Rules of Law or the Old Switch-A-Roo! “The purpose of military law is to promote justice, to assist in maintaining good order and discipline in the armed forces, to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the military establishment, and thereby to strengthen the national security of the United States.” - Preamble of the UCMJ
  • Exclusive Look Inside the Fallujah Investigation

    09/05/2010 11:21:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 4, 2010 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Declassified NCIS Report Raises More Questions Than It Answers The 82-page summary of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service inquiry into allegations of murder at Fallujah, Iraq offers an inside glimpse of frustrated investigators stymied by a green wall of silence that surrounded the infantrymen from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines after a few of their own cried murder. The investigation was triggered by discharged Marine Ryan Weemer during a Secret Service pre-employment polygraph examination in October, 2006. The former corporal told the examiners he had participated in the execution of four captured enemy combatants at Fallujah in response to a...
  • "Hutchins Motion" in the SSgt Wuterich Case (Haditha)

    08/28/2010 10:36:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 28, 2010 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    The government’s case against the last Marine standing in the so-called “Haditha Massacre” debacle may run aground on the rocks and shoals of Marine Corps legal precedence, said his leading civilian attorney. Former Marine Corps military judge Neal Puckett says Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich was denied his inherent right to retain the military lawyer appointed by the Marine Corps to defend him so the case must be dismissed. Wuterich, 30, of Meriden, Conn., faces 12 counts of voluntary manslaughter and related charges. On Dec. 21, 2006 he was indicted on 17 counts of unpremeditated murder, two counts of soliciting another...
  • MILITARY: Final Trial in Iraq Killings to Unfold

    08/21/2010 8:32:45 AM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 31 replies
    North County Times ^ | August 20, 2010 | Mark Walker
    Nearly five years after 24 Iraqi men, women and children were slain by a Camp Pendleton squad as it searched for a roadside bomber, the last man to face criminal charges from the incident is about to go on trial. U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who told an investigator that he had directed his men to "shoot first and deal with it later," is due in a base courtroom next week as attorneys argue final motions in advance of his long-awaited trial. A Connecticut native, Wuterich, 30, has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of voluntary manslaughter and related...
  • SSGT WUTERICH AND THE BLAGOJEVICH FIASCO (Haditha)

    08/19/2010 7:22:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 19, 2010 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    The scheduled court-martial of SSgt Frank Wuterich and the aborted trial of former Illinois governor Rod R. Blagojevich don’t seem to have much in common at first glance. Blagojevich is a grasping Illinois politician with a bouffant hairdo prone to blabbing. Wuterich is a hardcore, quiet Marine who wears his hair high and tight. Both however are charged with crimes simple in name and so complex in character it is hard to understand exactly what crimes they are charged with committing, much less why.The notion comes, from all places, a New York Times report about jurors being confused about what...
  • 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...
  • US military judge refuses to throw out Iraqi killings case

    03/26/2010 3:06:48 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 2 replies · 239+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/26/2010 | AFP via Yahoo
    CAMP PENDLETON, California (AFP) – A US military judge Friday refused to dismiss charges against a former squad leader accused of a role in the 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians. Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich is the last Marine still charged in the case as prosecutors have struggled to make the allegations stick. So far the other seven accused were either acquitted or had charges withdrawn before court martial. Judge Lieutentant Colonel David Jones said Friday the "motion to dismiss charges against the former squad leader Sergeant Frank Wuterich is denied. There was no improper influence flowing upwards or downwards."...
  • Marine's Iraq killings trial to go forward

    03/26/2010 1:47:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 76 replies · 1,183+ views
    AP ^ | March 26, 2010 | Elliot Spagat
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A military judge in California has denied a motion to dismiss charges against a Marine sergeant whose squad killed 24 Iraqi men, women and children after a bomb killed a Marine. Lt. Col. David Jones ruled Friday at Camp Pendleton on a defense motion claiming there was unlawful command influence while a general considered a court-martial for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich. The judge ruled there was no record of any "meaningful comment" between the general and an aide who had investigated the case as a military lawyer. Wuterich is facing trial on reduced charges of voluntary...
  • Marine charged in Haditha killings wins key ruling from judge (Some Good News!)

    03/23/2010 5:43:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies · 1,236+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 23, 2010 | Tony Perry
    The defense for the last Marine facing criminal charges in the fatal shooting of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 won a key ruling Tuesday that could lead to the case being dropped. Lt. Col. David Jones, the military judge, ruled that attorneys for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich had successfully shown that there was the possibility of what the military calls undue command influence in the decision by a general to send Wuterich to a court martial. Jones' ruling requires that prosecutors prove beyond a reasonable doubt that no such influence existed or that, while it may have existed,...
  • MILITARY: '60 Minutes' Loses Appeal in Wuterich Case (Court rejects claim of reporter privilege)

    09/05/2009 5:54:19 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 32 replies · 3,251+ views
    A military appeals court has ruled against CBS in a battle over unaired portions of a "60 Minutes" interview with a key figure in the 2005 slaying of 24 Iraqis in the city of Haditha. The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Appeals rejected the network's claim of reporter privilege in its battle with Marine Corps prosecutors who want access to the outtakes of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich's interview. Wuterich is charged with nine counts of voluntary manslaughter and related offenses in the incident that was triggered by a roadside bombing that killed one Marine and injured two others. His case...
  • Marines will not seek to reinstate charges against top officer in Haditha killings

    08/28/2009 1:53:33 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 103 replies · 6,097+ views
    LA Times blog ^ | August 28, 2009 | Tony Perry
    The Marine Corps has decided not to seek to reinstate criminal charges against a former battalion commander at Camp Pendleton for a 2005 incident in which his troops killed 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Chessani Instead, the Marine Corps will convene a Board of Inquiry to hear testimony and recommend whether Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani should be demoted to major for purposes of retirement. Even if such a recommendation is made and then accepted by the Secretary of the Navy, Chessani's retirement pay would still be based on being a lieutenant colonel. The Marine Corps had sought to try Chessani...
  • Chessani prosecution may be over [and case against SSgt Wuterich may be soon if there's justice]

    05/05/2009 6:35:34 PM PDT · by RedRover · 22 replies · 853+ views
    North County Times ^ | May 5, 2009 | MARK WALKER
    The Marine Corps may be closer to giving up its troubled prosecution of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani... ~ snip ~...a final decision on whether the case gets dropped rests with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway. And if that happens, Chessani would become the seventh of eight Camp Pendleton Marines charged with crimes at Haditha to be fully exonerated. ~ snip ~[SSgt Frank] Wuterich's attorneys plan to seek a dismissal of the charges against their client for the same unlawful command influence found in the Chessani case. They haven't been able to file that motion, however, because his case is...
  • Appeals Court: Marine can't sue Murtha

    04/14/2009 8:02:43 AM PDT · by earlJam · 167 replies · 6,864+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 4/14/09
    By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer – 2 mins ago WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court has ruled that a Marine cannot sue Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha for defamation. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., claimed Murtha damaged his reputation by saying he and his comrades killed women and children "in cold blood" in Haditha, Iraq, in November 2005. Murtha argued he has immunity from the lawsuit because he was acting in his official role as a lawmaker...
  • Lt. Col. Chessani: 2 - Persecution: 0 (Haditha)

    03/30/2009 11:23:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies · 960+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | March 30, 2009 | Jayme Evans
    End politically-motivated prosecutions of Jeffrey Chessani and Frank Wuterich, begin the immediate jailing of John MurthaMarines of 3/1 Kilo Co. reacted as they were instructed. But due to political pressure to end the war, seven Marines and their Commanding Officer were lynched by Time Magazine’s Tim McGirk and members of Congress after a sham trial in the court of public opinion. Jeffrey Chessani’s struggle has dragged on for four years. Despite the prosecutorial suppression of mountains of exculpatory evidence, the charges were ultimately dismissed. The large number of prejudicial statements and leaks by politicians and media mouthpieces irreparably tainted the...
  • 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...
  • MILITARY: Haditha case back in court Wednesday

    03/11/2009 1:49:50 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 93 replies · 2,532+ views
    North County Times ^ | 3-10-09 | MARK WALKER
    Last modified Tuesday, March 10, 2009 4:44 PM PDT Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich leaves his arraignment at Camp Pendleton in 2008. (File Photo by Bill Wechter - Staff Photographer) MILITARY: Haditha case back in court WednesdayBy MARK WALKER - Staff WriterCAMP PENDLETON ---- Attorneys for CBS and the Marine Corps are due in a base courtroom Wednesday to battle over unaired portions of a "60 Minutes" interview with a Marine recounting the slaying of 24 Iraqi civilians following a roadside bombing. Prosecutors contend that segments of the interviews not shown in the March 2007 broadcast may prove their case...
  • Wuterich ruling requires tape review: Appeals court orders look at '60 Minute' outtakes

    12/01/2008 6:11:56 PM PST · by RedRover · 27 replies · 1,429+ views
    North County Times ^ | December 1, 2008 | Mark Walker
    A military judge must review unaired portions of a CBS "60 Minutes" interview with Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich in which he recounts the slaying of 24 Iraqi civilians following a roadside bombing, a military appeals court has ruled. Prosecutors contend that Wuterich may make admissions on those tapes, known as outtakes, that could help them prove him guilty of manslaughter and related offenses in the 2005 slayings in the Iraqi city of Haditha. The Nov. 17 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces is the latest in an ongoing skirmish between CBS and the Marine...
  • Court hears arguments in case of Marine vs. Murtha

    11/18/2008 6:38:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 73 replies · 1,657+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11-18-08 | Susan Crabtree
    Leading The News Court hears arguments in case of Marine vs. Murtha By Susan Crabtree Posted: 11/18/08 07:21 PM [ET] A Marine who is suing Rep. John Murtha for defamation wants a federal appeals court to order the powerful Pennsylvania Democrat to testify under oath about comments he made related to the deaths of unarmed Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha in 2005. An attorney for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich on Tuesday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to compel Murtha to give a deposition in the case. Attorney Mark Zaid said he...
  • Defamation Suit Against Rep. Murtha Set for Argument [Second suit moves forward]

    11/17/2008 6:50:55 PM PST · by RedRover · 26 replies · 794+ views
    BLT: Blog of the LegalTimes ^ | November 17, 2008 | Mike Scarcella
    A three-judge appellate panel is set to hear argument Tuesday in the defamation lawsuit against Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), accused of making false statements to news reporters about a U.S. Marine and his role in the deaths of Iraqi civilians. Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Judith Rogers, and Harry Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit are the panel. Mark Zaid and Bradley Moss, counsel for Frank Wuterich, argue Murtha made “outrageous” statements about Wuterich and his comrades regarding the death of Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005. Murtha “inappropriately compared the tragic events of Haditha with...
  • 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...
  • Remaining Haditha cases mired in courts: Hearings will establish road maps to resolution

    09/13/2008 6:24:40 PM PDT · by RedRover · 47 replies · 281+ views
    North County Times ^ | September 13, 2008 | Mark Walker
    In the nearly two years since eight Camp Pendleton Marines were charged with killing 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, six of the men have been exonerated, and widespread interest in the case has waned. Still, the final chapters in the 2005 killings that reverberated around the world, affected the military's rules of engagement and played a large role in how the war was viewed have yet to be written. Appellate court hearings for the two remaining defendants over the next month will establish the outline of how Haditha's story will end. One of the defendants is the battalion commander at...