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Yet another U.S. Marine, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, had charges dropped Tuesday in the so-called Haditha massacre -- bringing the total number of Marines who've been cleared or won case dismissals in the Iraq war incident to seven. "Undue command influence" on the prosecution led to the outcome in Chessani's case. Bottom line: That's zero for seven for military prosecutors, with one trial left to go.
Originally posted by TKainZero
If we had a competemt Commander in Cheid, Murtha would be dragged out and shot, or at least charged with treason... at least thats what would happen in a legitimate country...
I am very happy that ALL the marines have been proven inocent, but that Rat bastard Murtha is still a free man, that peice of garbage deserves the worst. He is the biggest recipiant of Pork in American history...
In 1959, Murtha, then a captain, took command of the 34th Special Infantry Company, Marine Corps Reserves, in Johnstown. He remained in the Reserves after his discharge from active duty until he volunteered for service in the Vietnam War, serving from 1966 to 1967, serving as a battalion staff officer (S-2 Intelligence Section), receiving the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired from the Reserves as a colonel in 1990, receiving the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.
Originally posted by Grafilthy
This is a real soldier and American. As far as I can understand, having accountability is a GOOD thing.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Murtha should burn for this.
He helped spread enemy propaganda, nothing less.
If God is just, I tremble for my country.
On April 17, 2007, the Marine Corps dropped all charges against Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz in exchange for his testimony. Seven other Marines involved in the incident have also been granted immunity.
On August 9, 2007, all charges against Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt and Capt. Randy Stone were dropped. On October 19th, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt's commanding officer decided the charges should be lowered to involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault..
On September 18, 2007, all charges against Captain Lucas McConnell were dropped in exchange for immunity and his cooperation with the investigation. 
On March 28, 2008, all charges against LCpl. Stephen Tatum were dropped. 
On June 17, 2008, all charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani were dropped citing unlawful command influence.
Rep. Murtha and the rest of the bandwagon, at the very least, need to apologize to and beg forgiveness from these brave Marines who stood their ground and did their duty under unimaginable conditions and circumstances.
A judge in the U.S. military court system today tossed out the charges against a Marine officer whose soldiers were caught in a bloody firefight with insurgents in 2005 in Haditha, Iraq.
The decision from Col. Steven Folsom came in the case against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani after defense lawyers from the Thomas More Law Center raised the specter of unlawful command influence by confirming an "investigator" in the case also met dozens of times with commanders deciding the course of the prosecution.
Folsom's ruling dismissed the charges without prejudice, which means prosecutors could restart the case, but the judge said the Marine Forces Central Command could not be involved if that happens.
Originally posted by BlasteR
I was listening to "The Savage Nation" when Michael Savage said that General Chessani would again be court martialed even though the previous case was dropped.