[Rushtalk] Court overturns Marine sniper's conviction for urinating on dead Taliban fighters

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Fri Nov 24 22:41:05 MST 2017


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On 11/24/2017 6:52 PM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
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>   *Court overturns Marine sniper's conviction for urinating on dead
>   Taliban fighters *
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> This image taken from a video posted on YouTube and edited for graphic 
> content appears to show four Marines as they prepare to urinate on 
> corpses. This image taken from a video posted on YouTube and edited 
> for graphic content appears to show four Marines as they prepare to 
> urinate on corpses.
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> A military court on Wednesday overturned the conviction of a former 
> Marine sniper involved in urinating on dead Taliban soldiers in 
> Afghanistan in 2011 after evidence emerged that a top general meddled 
> in the case to ensure a harsh punishment, reports said.
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> Staff Sgt. Joseph Chamblin was convicted almost five years ago and 
> sentenced to 30 days confinement, had his pay docked and was demoted 
> over a video that showed the Marines urinating on enemy corpses, The 
> _Washington Post 
> <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/11/09/marine-who-urinated-on-dead-taliban-has-conviction-thrown-out-due-to-generals-meddling/?utm_term=.b1a902a75c3a>_ reported.
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> A new ruling revealed that now-retired Gen. James F. Amos and some of 
> his senior staff apparently tried to “severely and systematically” 
> influence the case to ensure the Marines who were involved in the 
> controversy would face harsher punishment.
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> Amos allegedly told then-Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser that the Marines 
> need to be “crushed” and discharged from the Corps over their behavior.
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> Waldhauser, who was investigating the case, said Amos tried to 
> pressure him into issuing the Marines a general courts-martial – the 
> highest form of criminal trial – and threatened to make someone else 
> the authority in the cases after Waldhauser refused to do so.
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> “I responded, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,’ stating that I did not 
> believe any of the cases warranted General Court-Martial,” Waldhauser 
> said in a statement, the Post reported.
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> Amos replaced Waldhauser a few days later with another military 
> official, the report said.
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> Navy Cmdr. Marcus N. Fulton, who wrote the recent ruling, said 
> overturning the conviction is a “drastic remedy” but was needed to 
> “foster public confidence in the … fairness of our system of justice.”
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> “The highest-ranking officer in the Marine Corps told (the officer, 
> supervising the case) that the appellant and his co-accused should be 
> ‘crushed,’” the court wrote in its ruling, according to The Post. 
> “This is an unusually flagrant example of UCI (unlawful command 
> influence). We find that UCI this direct, and occurring at this level, 
> is highly corrosive to public trust in this proceeding.”
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> Chamblin said at the time that he does not regret his actions, adding 
> that he would do it again if he had the chance. “[If] anything, it was 
> more of a psychological effect on the enemy because if an infidel 
> touches the body, they’re not going to Mecca or paradise,” he told 
> reporters at the time, according to the _New York Post 
> <http://nypost.com/2017/11/09/marine-who-urinated-on-taliban-gets-off-thanks-to-generals-meddling/>_. 
> “So, now these insurgents see what happens when you mess with us.”
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