Thursday, August 09, 2007

Another Marine Has Murder Charges Dropped In Haditha Case

I had blogged about the possibility of the charges being dropped HERE. Well, they finally dropped the charges against Lance Corporal Justin Sharratt.

They also dropped the charges against Capt. Randy Stone for dereliction of duty for failing to properly report the civilian deaths.


Murder charges against a US Marine accused of killing three Iraqi civilians during an alleged massacre in Haditha two years ago have been dropped, the military said on Thursday.

A statement released by the Marines at their Camp Pendleton base in southern California revealed that three charges of unpremeditated murder against Lance Corporal Justin Sharratt had been withdrawn.

The decision was announced in a written ruling from the commander Lieutenant General James Mattis and followed a recommendation from an investigator last month that the charges should be dropped.

"An independent Article 32 investigating officer has considered all the facts and determined that the evidence does not support a referral to court-martial for Lance Corporal Sharratt," Mattis wrote.

"Based on my review of all the evidence in this case and considering the recommendation of the Article 32 officer, I have dismissed the charges."

He's the second Marine to have murder charges dropped in the case, and he won't be the last. The case against the Marines is pathetic at best, and is unraveling on a near daily basis. I've given you several post in dealing with the problems with the case, and even more post dealing with Murtha's lies ... which are very relevant. So I'll let you follow the links.

The sad part is that many Americans still don't know that there was, in fact, two ambushes targeting the Marines, and then their backup after the initial IED.


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