Hamdania Case Update – Defense Denied Witness Interviews
Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III
Marine Cpl. Trent D. Thomas
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Melson J. Bacos
Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson
Marine Pfc. John J. Jodka
Marine Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate Jr.
Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington
Marine Cpl. Marshall L. Magincalda.
Here is the latest on the Hamdania Case developments. The US marines and Navy corpsman are out of shackles but are still in solitary for ~70 days now.
The USMC Prosecution lead by LtCol Sullivan has DENIED the defense counsels’ requests for:
*Criminal Investigation Division investigator assistance- something recommended by the senior trial defense counsel, Lt.COL Vokey.
*Further discovery information held but not released by the prosecution
*Travel by the defense teams to Iraq to the scene of the alleged incident to investigate the scene of the incident and evidence therein
The reasons given:
“Request is premature”…….
How is requesting the opportunity to provide for an adequate defense ever “premature”….?
The prosecution would have the defense roll over and play dead at the Article 32 hearing.
They picked the wrong boy for that role. I don’t play dead very well~
HELP ME TO FIGHT THIS INJUSTICE- CALL, WRITE, DEMAND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES BECOME INVOLVED!
THESE ARE ALL OUR BOYS! GIVE TO THEM THE FIGHT THEY GAVE FOR YOUR FREEDOM!
Proud Father of PFC John J. Jodka, US Marine Corps
A Political Prisoner of War
And, here is the latest from PFC John J. Jodka- “Proud Marine” website:
The Marine Corps has notified the Defense that it will not be calling witnesses to testify at the Article32 Investigations, is not permitting the Defense to interview the accusing witnesses, has denied the Defense access to the body for autopsy as well access to the crime scene, and as yet has not provided the Defense with a full autopsy as well as standard, necessary forensic and other types of evidence (though June 8 the forensic analysis was being “fast-tracked”. These decisions seem to be in violation of the protocols of the Article32 Investigation.
In other related news tonight… “The U.S. military has dismissed all charges against a Pennsylvania National Guardsman accused of killing an unarmed Iraq civilian near Ramadi, finding that the soldier had reason to believe the man had a weapon. Spc. Nathan Lynn, 21, of South Williamsport, Pa., was accused of voluntary manslaughter and conspiracy to obstruct justice over the death of Gani Ahmed Zaben during a Feb. 15 raid on a suspect’s house.”