The government’s case against a Marine accused of fatally shooting Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha lacks sufficient evidence to go to a court-martial and should be dropped, a hearing officer determined. The murder charges were brought against Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt for killing three Iraqi brothers in November 2005.
The hearing officer, Lt. Col. Paul Ware, wrote in a report released by the defense Tuesday that those charges were based on unreliable witness accounts, insupportable forensic evidence and questionable legal theories. He also wrote that the case could have dangerous consequences on the battlefield, where soldiers might hesitate during critical moments when facing an enemy.
“The government version is unsupported by independent evidence,” Ware wrote in the 18-page report. “To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.” (Associated Press)
Any minute now we’ll hear from such fossilized leftist nutjobs reliving their ‘glory days’ like John Murtha, who sold his soul and betrayed the uniform he once wore for political gain, along with the MSM folks so eager to stick it to Bush regardless of such things as ohhhh “due process” and “innocent until proven guilty”. Yep, they’ll all be lining up and rushing to humbly apologize for slandering these Marines in just a few. Wait for it. It can’t be long now…
(More on this can be found at Gateway Pundit)
— John (Average Gay Joe)
UPDATE: In yet another example of military hatred by leftist nutjobs, Ace of Spades posts about the cover-up in the MSM on the real motive behind the attempted murder of U.S.A.F. Airman Jonathan Schrieken by an antiwar freak — on the 4th of July no less! Now that’s speaking ‘truth’ to power Tarentino-style.
UPDATE FROM GP: A reminder of John Murtha’s “cold blooded” attack on our US Marines.
UPDATE (from GPW): Bruce Kesler at Democracy Project has been doing a good job following this story, so I highly recommend his latest post on the topic. He suggests the coverage of the issue is of a piece of the media’s coverage of the surge:
Our foes quite openly and explicitly recognize their only hope of winning is in Washington, and they are encouraged by our politicians and media who weaken our efforts and resolve. The premature rush to abandon the “surge,” only fully manned for a few weeks and showing results, is more than irresponsible. It is despicable. Indeed, it’s incredible, so implausible as to elicit disbelief, but it’s happening, and cheers can be heard from our foes in Iraq and elsewhere.
Now just read the whole thing and make sure to follow the links.