Thursday, June 05, 2008

Haditha Courts-martial Update

The Washington Post, and many other news organizations, is reporting here that 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson, USMC, was acquitted yesterday of alleged false statements in the investigation of Iraqi deaths in Haditha. Grayson was alleged to have ordered the photos of the killed Iraqis deleted. Grayson argued he ordered the deletion as routine procedure because servicemembers are not allowed to have such photos on personal computers. Grayson was also acquitted of all other charges.

Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich's case is stalled as an appeal to NMCCA seeking un-aired footage from a CBS News interview grinds slowly through NMCCAs Art. 62 machine, a machine we have discussed here. After the Grayson acquittal the government will likely move to exclude the result form Wuterich's case, an easy W for the Gov't since Wuterich's own attorney said the cases had nothing to do with each other, here. The same story in the Connecticut Record-Journal reports that Wuterich's military defense counsel, Maj. Haytham Faraj and Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, are both retiring and may not be extended again.

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