Marine may call Murtha as witness

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    Holy Smokes. Murtha might of opened mouth and inserted his foot big time on this... And all to advance his political career...


    By Rowan Scarborough
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    June 15, 2006


    A criminal defense attorney for a Marine under investigation in the Haditha killings says he will call a senior Democratic congressman as a trial witness, if his client is charged, to find out who told the lawmaker that U.S. troops are guilty of cold-blooded murder.
    Attorney Neal A. Puckett told The Washington Times that Gen. Michael Hagee, the Marine commandant, briefed Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, on the Nov. 19 killings of 24 Iraqis in the town north of Baghdad. Mr. Murtha later told reporters that the Marines were guilty of killing the civilians in "cold blood." Mr. Murtha said he based his statement on Marine commanders, whom he did not identify.
    Mr. Puckett said such public comments from a congressman via senior Marines amount to "unlawful command influence." He said potential Marine jurors could be biased by the knowledge that their commandant, the Corps' top officer, thinks the Haditha Marines are guilty. "Congressman Murtha will be one of the first witnesses I call to the witness stand," Mr. Puckett said yesterday.
    Mr. Puckett represents Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, an eight-year Marine who was a key participant in the Haditha operations that resulted in the 24 civilian deaths.
    The attorney said Sgt. Wuterich, 26, the married father of two daughters, led the squad of Kilo Company that mounted the four major combat actions on Nov. 19 that resulted in 23 deaths at a traffic stop and in three houses. The 24th Iraqi was killed while fleeing a home by a rooftop-stationed Marine or Marines, Mr. Puckett said.
    The attorney said his client strongly rejects accusations in the press from Haditha residents that Marines lined up some of the civilians and executed them. Mr. Puckett said Sgt. Wuterich maintains that such an incident never occurred, and that Marines followed proper procedures in clearing the three houses.
    "What's being reported out there, it seems an awful lot of it is inaccurate," Mr. Puckett said. He said his client, stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., has been promoted to platoon leader and is not under confinement.
    "How would you feel to be falsely accused of killing innocent people," the attorney said. "He was angered and hurt by it because he doesn't understand how the public could think he and his Marines could do such a thing."
    Col. Dave Lapan, a spokesman at Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon, said Mr. Murtha was one of eight senior House members and senators briefed by Gen. Hagee in May on the investigation. "I don't know what he told them," Col. Lapan said.
    A spokesman for Mr. Murtha did not return a message yesterday seeking comment.

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    It will be interesting to see what the Hon. Murtha has to say. If the big cheese of the Marine Corp did indeed tell him that the Marines involved were guilty (I find that hard to believe but it is possible) then that Marine needs to be relieved of command. If he did not say any such thing, then Murtha needs to be "relieved of command".
     
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    So who is leaking? Hagee?

    http://americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=5587
     
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    I'd love to see the Honorable Mr Murtha put on the stand under oath and forced to answer some yes or no questions.
     

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