Investigator Recommends Dropping Charges on Haditha Marine
The investigating officer has recommended dismissing murder charges against Marine LCpl. Justin Sharratt accused in the slayings of three Iraqi men in Haditha, Iraq.
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Murtha, “They went into houses and killed women and children… in cold blood!”
The investigating officer recommended dismissing “incredible” murder charges against LCpl. Justin Sharratt in the slayings of three Iraqi men in Haditha, Iraq.
War Chronicle described the charges against LCpl. Justin L. Sharratt:
LCpl. Justin L. Sharratt Article 32 Fact Sheet
The accused, LCpl. Justin Sharratt was 21-years-old at the time of the incident, and was on his second combat tour. In 2004, Sharratt fought in the “House from Hell” in Fallujah.
Preferred Charges and Specifications:
Charge I: Violation of the UCMJ, Article 118 (Unpremeditated murder)
(Maximum punishment: such punishment other than death as a court-martial may direct. [Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for life])
Specification 1: did murder Jasib Aiad Ahmed.
Specification 2: did murder Kahtan Aiad Ahmed.
Specification 3: did murder Jamal Aiad Ahmed.
Investigating officer: Lt. Col. Paul J. Ware.
Convening authority: Lt. Gen. James Mattis, commanding general for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Forces Central Commander for Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa.
Prosecutors: Maj. Daren Erickson, Capt. Christopher Hur
Defense counsel: Gary Myers (civilian attorney), Major Brian Cosgrove (USMCR, detailed defense council).
The conclusion of the investigation was reported on Tuesday.
FOX News reported:
An investigating officer has recommended dismissing murder charges against a U.S. Marine accused in the slayings of three Iraqi men in a squad action that killed 24 civilians in the town of Haditha, according to a report.
The government’s theory that Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt had executed the three men was “incredible” and relied on contradictory statements by Iraqis, Lt. Col. Paul Ware said in the report, released Tuesday by Sharratt’s defense attorneys.
“To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, and sets a dangerous precedent that, in my opinion, may encourage others to bear false witness against Marines as a tactic to erode public support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq,” Ware wrote. (Ya think?)
Defense attorneys James Culp and Gary Myers said in a statement that he was pleased with the report and that it “reflected the value of the calm of a courtroom and the adversarial process.”
Sharratt’s mother Theresa said she was overjoyed.
“This is a huge result, that report is a declaration of Justin’s innocence,” she said. “This is very, very good news.”
War Chronicle also has the mainstream media’s account of the events in Haditha.
Do you suppose any of the media outlets will beg forgiveness for slandering this marine?
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