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Marine Captain To Be Charged In Haditha Case

From a joyous Associated Press:

US Marines enter a house during an evening raid in Haditha, west of Baghdad, in 2005.

Marine to Be Charged in Haditha Case

Lawyer Says Marine Captain Will Be Charged in Haditha Case

SAN DIEGO – A Marine captain has been told he will be criminally charged in connection with the killing of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha, his attorney said Monday.

Capt. Lucas McConnell, 31, was told by his commanding officer that he will be charged with dereliction of duty, said Kevin McDermott, his attorney.

"We’re just absolutely clueless as to what kind of dereliction of duty he could have committed," he said, adding that his client was not present during the killings.

Separately, two military officials said a group of Marines would be charged Thursday for their alleged roles in the killings. The officials requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the charges ahead of their announcement.

The charges would mark the latest step in a massive investigation into the actions of a squad of Camp Pendleton-based Marines and several officers on Nov. 19, 2005. Earlier this month, the Marine Corps said that charges were being finalized against several troops but the precise timing was unclear…

Neal Puckett, a defense attorney for squad leader Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, has described the events of the day as a tragic but lawful combat engagement.

The criminal case will focus on whether the Marines were responding to perceived threats with legitimate force, or if the troops went too far and acted outside their rules of combat.

One hopes Captain McConnell and the rest of these Marines will get a fair trial. But it is hard to see how.

The local "witnesses" seem to be pathological liars by nature. And as far as I know, the families are still preventing the exhumation of the bodies for forensic study.

Add to that the overwhelming pressure from our one party media to convict somebody, anybody for this supposed atrocity. And bear in mind McConnell wasn’t even there at the time of the action.

God help him and the rest of the accused.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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