[Rushtalk] Court overturns Marine sniper's conviction for urinating on dead Taliban fighters
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Fri Nov 24 22:41:05 MST 2017
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On 11/24/2017 6:52 PM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
> *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.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
> Amos allegedly told then-Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser that the Marines
> need to be “crushed” and discharged from the Corps over their behavior.
> 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.
> “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.
> Amos replaced Waldhauser a few days later with another military
> official, the report said.
> 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.”
> “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.”
> 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
> “So, now these insurgents see what happens when you mess with us.”
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