Convicted Marine Hutchins Gains Public Support

Thanks to Papa Ray for sending this story on the court marshal of marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins from the Salem News:

Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins during his court martial. (Salem News)

Advocates Call Iraq Marine’s Court Martial and Conviction Into Question

A Marine convicted for murder in Iraq is receiving increasing public support by those who believe he is not guilty. Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins has been sentenced to 15-years for the killings in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.

Lawrence Hutchins has been in solitary confinement in the Camp Pendleton brig since his conviction and sentencing by a military panel last month. He is now out of solitary confinement. It is reported that he will remain in a multi-man cell until the government decides where he will serve his 15-year sentence.

But a lawyer for Hutchins is preparing papers seeking clemency. It seems there were many questionable aspects to his General Court martial. The case was also automatically forwarded to the Navy-Marine Court of Criminal Appeal for review.

Read the whole thing here.

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