Charges have been officially dropped in the case of 2 U.S. Marines accused of a massacre made up in the mind of former Marine turned traitor Congressman John “Pork Barrel” Murtha.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. Marine general dropped all charges on Thursday against two Marines in the shooting deaths of 24 civilians in Haditha, scene of what Iraqi witnesses said was a massacre by American troops.
The dismissal of charges means neither Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt nor Capt. Randy Stone will face a court-martial in connection with the events at Haditha, which have brought international condemnation of U.S. troops.
Five Marines still face charges in the November 19, 2005, shooting of two dozen unarmed men, women and children in Haditha, which prosecutors say came in retaliation for the death of a beloved comrade, Lance Cpl. Miguel Terrazas, who was cut in half by a roadside bomb.
Sharratt, 22, had been charged with three counts of premeditated murder and Stone, 35, with dereliction of duty for failing to properly report the civilian deaths. Defense attorneys conceded civilians were killed at Haditha but said they died during chaotic fighting with insurgents after the roadside blast.
In dismissing the charges against Sharratt and Stone after what he said was an exhaustive review, Lt. Gen. James Mattis cited the difficult battle conditions and a “shadowy enemy” whose forces hid among civilians.
“With the dismissal of these charges Lance Cpl. Sharratt may conclude that he did his best to live up to the standards, followed by U.S. fighting men throughout our many wars, in the face of life or death decisions made in a matter of seconds in combat,” Mattis said. “As he has always remained cloaked in the presumption of innocence, with this dismissal of charges, he remains in the eyes of the law — and in my eyes, innocent.”
Mattis said that while Stone may have made mistakes, they did not “rise to the level of criminal behavior.”
Liberal Democratic Congressman John Murth, as we all remember was the man who single handedly had charged, tried, convicted and executed all of the Marines involved in the media with CNN, CBS, MSNBC, etc… Anyone who would listen to his anti war tirades. Now his office is refusing to answer the phone.
According to Michelle Malkin over at HotAir.Com, John Murtha’s office is hanging up on callers who are calling out him out on his extraordinary abilities to place his shotgun mouth in front of his bb gun ass.
I guess good ole John is to busy spending taxpayer cash with the ear marked (pork barrel) funds or as I more likely assume of John Murtha, is that he and his staff are just way to busy sewing surrender flags to answer calls from his voters. Even more likely would be that John “ABSCAM” Murtha was in a meeting with a very wealthy Arab businessman accepting bribes and was unable to accept calls at this time.
What a scum bag!