**There’s a news conference at 1:30 PM EST.**
Breaking via WHP-CBS:
A Marine Corps lance corporal from Pennsylvania has sued U.S. Rep. John Murtha, saying the Democrat lawmaker slandered him by saying he and other marines killed 24 Iraqis in Haditha in “cold blood.” Justin Sharratt has filed the suit in federal court in Pittsburgh. In the lawsuit, Sharratt claims the comments Murtha made in 2006 about the Haditha killings also violated the Marine’s constitutional rights to due process and presumption of innocence.
Exonerated Haditha Marine Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt filed charges against Rep. John Murtha today in Pennsylvania.
7 of 8 marines who have now had their charges dismissed.
One marine awaits justice.
Photos via Defend Our Marines
John Murtha slandered the Haditha Marines when he gave several interviews after the inaccurate story broke in TIME Magazine saying that the US marines killed innocent civilians in cold blood.
Pittsburgh Live reported:
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A Marine from Washington County today plans to sue U.S. Rep. John Murtha for publicly claiming his unit slaughtered innocent Iraqi civilians, according to the man’s attorney.
A lawyer for Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, 24, of Canonsburg on Wednesday announced plans to sue Murtha, D-Johnstown, for comments he made to news outlets concerning the November 2005 killing of about two dozen people in Haditha.
Murtha repeatedly said Sharratt and seven fellow Marines “committed cold-blooded murder of innocent women and children,” according to lawyer Noah Geary, who scheduled a news conference for 1:30 p.m. today to announce the lawsuit.
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