24 March 2010

LA Times reporting military judge shifted burden to Government to disprove unlawful command influence in Marine's court-martial

The Los Angeles Times' Tony Perry is reporting here that a military judge at Camp Pendleton has ruled U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, the last Marine to face charges in the fatal shootings of Iraq civilians in Haditha, has shown that there was a possibility of unlawful command influence. Thus shifting the burden to the Government to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that no unlawful command influence existed, or if it did, that it did not influence the convening authority's decision making.

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