Haditha: Charges dropped against two Marines

posted at 3:07 pm on August 9, 2007 by Bryan

Rep. Jack “Abscam” Murtha may need to join the TNR vacation.

Charges against Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt and Capt. Randy Stone were dismissed based on a review of the facts in the case, Lt. Gen. James Mattis said in a statement.

Sharratt and Stone were among eight U.S. Marines originally charged in the Haditha case, which stemmed from the death of 24 men, women and children in the western Iraqi town. Sharratt was charged with unpremeditated murder and Stone with dereliction of duty.

Why were the charges dropped?

In his recommendation, Lt. Col. Paul Ware said murder charges brought against Sharratt were based on unreliable witness accounts, poor forensic evidence and questionable legal theories.

“The government version is unsupported by independent evidence,” Ware wrote in an 18-page report. “To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.”

Well, Jack. What say you now?

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Murtha should be brought up on charges!! With everything I have read, I believe these Marines are INNOCENT!!

ChrisIansNana on August 9, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Are these the Marines that M Savage was raising money for their defense?

Drtuddle on August 9, 2007 at 3:13 PM

What are the odds that the charges will be dropped for any of the other marines?

bnelson44 on August 9, 2007 at 3:13 PM

Murtha is a dirtbag.

I’m sure he’ll take a page out of Nifong’s playbook say something along the lines of “I’m sure something happened there blah blah blah”, except Murtha clearly isn’t half the man that Nifong is…and that isn’t saying very much.

Leonidas Hoplite on August 9, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Are these the Marines that M Savage was raising money for their defense?

Yes

darwin on August 9, 2007 at 3:16 PM

Cpt Murtha needs to to be re-called into to service so he can be court-martialed for treason and sedition.

GREENTURTLE on August 9, 2007 at 3:18 PM

Murtha is a dirtbag.

And a highly successful crook. I’m glad these Marines are being cleared. Hopefully at the end of the day they will all be cleared. I’m sure some attorney out there can make a civil suit against Murtha …

darwin on August 9, 2007 at 3:18 PM

Happy happy news.

I have never believed this story and I’m you can bet it won’t get the play now it did when it broke.

Semper Fi

Chuck on August 9, 2007 at 3:20 PM

Great news.

Spirit of 1776 on August 9, 2007 at 3:23 PM

Well, Jack. What say you now?

He, like the rest of the left, will be saying the same things about it forever and even adding to it; Vietnam anyone? My prediction; the left will report it, make signs, and blah blah with “They got off on a technicality.”

- The Cat

MirCat on August 9, 2007 at 3:26 PM

Go marines!

paulsur on August 9, 2007 at 3:26 PM

Greenturtle…Not NO but Hell No ! Keep that scummy douchebag away from the Corps !

SEMPER FI !

DoctorDentons on August 9, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Are these the Marines that M Savage was raising money for their defense?

Yes

So Savage will be taking full credit for this, I assume?

Kensington on August 9, 2007 at 3:29 PM

At some point, the country will get serious about garbage like Jack Murtha and this New Republic fantasy soldier. That’s when we’ll know we’ve turned the corner in this war. It can’t be the government that takes action against these sleazebags, it has to be the populace. It’s unfortunate that a national disgrace like Murtha gets to pontificate from an apparently rock-solid safe seat, but that seat doesn’t have to stay safe forever… at some point, his constituents will wake up, or the national electorate will demand action in a voice the government and media can’t ignore. Maybe it will take another tragedy, or a few more Winter Soldier moments. The bottom line is, the troops are honor and duty bound to stand silent in the face of this type of calumny, and as civilians, it’s OUR honor and OUR duty to speak up for them. When I see a weeping Murtha waddling off the Senate floor – or being dragged off by the Capitol police or FBI – I’ll know we’re winning.

Doctor Zero on August 9, 2007 at 3:30 PM

So Savage will be taking full credit for this, I assume?

Kensington on August 9, 2007 at 3:29 PM

That’s a given.

JayHaw Phrenzie on August 9, 2007 at 3:31 PM

These guys should sue Murtha for Slander of Character. Of course they would lose but it would be big news and push this story out to the gen pop that was bombarded with the Haditha accusations but will be lucky to even hear these results. Maybe just maybe the next pansy would think twice before pre-convicting a US soldier of a trumped up crime via enemy testimony all for political gain.

Every time I hear Murtha/Kerry/Soltz ect… try to bonify themselves because they once were soldiers it makes me sick. Benedict Arnold was once a great general in the Revolution but that dam sure didn’t deflect the fact he morphed into a traitor.

C-Low on August 9, 2007 at 3:32 PM

The whole folly of arresting and trying your own men in the middle of fighting “illegal enemy comabants” in a guerrilla war, in urban areas, was idiotic fromt the start.

Those “legally” watchdogging this global conflict have far too much power to meddle and nitpick and screw around with their pet “criminal” projects during an ongoing battle, and they have been- and are- hampering our overall effort to crush the Jihad.

It’s not a lawsuit, fellows, its a world war.

Those are heads being cut off, not arguments.

profitsbeard on August 9, 2007 at 3:33 PM

I would love to see one of these guys establish residency in Murtha’s district and run against him in the next election…or at least star in a few commercials. One way or another, this will be an issue.

Nosferightu on August 9, 2007 at 3:34 PM

he volunteered for service in the Vietnam War, serving from 1966 to 1967, serving as a battalion staff officer (S-2 Intelligence Section), receiving the Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired from the Reserves as a colonel in 1990, receiving the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.

Now the healing begins……. take all these medals from Murtha publicly and award them to these great Marines.

Joey1974 on August 9, 2007 at 3:34 PM

So Savage will be taking full credit for this, I assume?

Kensington on August 9, 2007 at 3:29 PM
That’s a given.

JayHaw Phrenzie on August 9, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Savage has a right to take Some credit for it. He gave a good deal of money effort and tons of free publicity to their cause.

Joey1974 on August 9, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Does anyone think Murtha will even be asked for a comment on this? I would love to see how he feels about these “cold blooded murderers” having their charges dismissed. Murtha should be held accountable for his outrages accusations. I am so sick of these cowards trashing our brave soilders, and never being held accountable. The sad thing is there are a lot of people in this country who despise our troops, and everything they stand for.

chief on August 9, 2007 at 3:41 PM

US Constitution, Article 1, Section 9, paragraph 3:

No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.”

Jack Murtha, as a member of Congress, is not allowed to proclaim any person guilty of a crime. Period.

Personally, I believe that Murtha’s comments went beyond the immunity privileges accorded sitting Congressmen, and that his comments were defamatory and are actionable by these 2 former defendants.

georgej on August 9, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Savage has a right to take Some credit for it. He gave a good deal of money effort and tons of free publicity to their cause.

Joey1974 on August 9, 2007 at 3:36 PM

You got that right.

Ugly on August 9, 2007 at 4:04 PM

To All those who contributed and continue to stand by our Marines and Troops in the field and harm’s way, Thank You.

normsrevenge on August 9, 2007 at 4:06 PM

Savage has a right to take Some credit for it. He gave a good deal of money effort and tons of free publicity to their cause.

I’m with Ugly on this too. I don’t listen to him regularly and even I knew he was a huge force supporting him.

Spirit of 1776 on August 9, 2007 at 4:20 PM

Piling on is not polite, Piling on is not polite….
ARRRRGAH

Murtha is a good and worthy friend of Nancy Pelosi.
Jack Murtha is worthy of his close association with Harry Reid.
Representative Jack Murtha is a worthy target of satire and ridicule.
Democratic Representative Jack Murtha richly deserves all of the attention he’s getting over this story.

Now I feel better, a comment without piling on.

TunaTalon on August 9, 2007 at 4:25 PM

That’s a given.

JayHaw Phrenzie on August 9, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Here’s another given: even a blind pig finds a cob now and then. And Savage (or Weinstein, or whatever his real name is) is truly a blind pig.

Jaibones on August 9, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Here’s another given: even a blind pig finds a cob now and then. And Savage (or Weinstein, or whatever his real name is) is truly a blind pig.

Jaibones on August 9, 2007 at 4:31 PM

First of all his name is Weiner genius. Secondly that “blind pig” is the sole reason our port security isn’t being run by the United Arab Emirates. Thirdly, he has been a vocal force against illegal immigration for over 10 years. Just because the man is abrasive and confrontational does not mean he doesn’t deserve the respect and adoration of people for the good work that he does. I am afraid that the “blind pig” is more in tune with reality than you my friend.

Joey1974 on August 9, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Whether the charges are dropped or not, this case has already had a chilling effect on the Marines and probably they’re recruiting. People will see that they can be prosecuted for frivolous things like defending themselves if they join. That was the government’s original intent, most likely, as was the case of Ilario Pantano. These guys were kept in the strictest confinement possible for much of the time. So much for due process. I remember protests in front of the gate at Pendleton because of this. What a way to fight a ‘war.’

PRCalDude on August 9, 2007 at 4:58 PM

Murtha needs to pay through the nose for what he has said against our troops. What a jackass.

What these poor Marines have had to endure is just a crock of crap.

Highrise on August 9, 2007 at 5:44 PM

Jack Mumra Murtha made those statements during an interview on National TV – not as part of his congressional duties. I don’t think congressional immunity applies.

But then I’m not a lawyer – don’t even play one on TV (lucky for all of us…).

Of course the media will cover for Jack just like it does for the other terrorists and their allies…

CrazyFool on August 9, 2007 at 5:49 PM

Give Murtha a rifle and put him in a grunt unit for 6 months. The Marines will reprogram him.

Wade on August 9, 2007 at 5:54 PM

Murtha needs to pay through the nose for what he has said against our troops. What a jackass.

What these poor Marines have had to endure is just a crock of crap.

Highrise on August 9, 2007 at 5:44 PM

Some days are definitely better. Today I’m so happy for these men and especially for their families.

Entelechy on August 9, 2007 at 6:11 PM

That is great news, that is all we need to do is to start bringing our soldiers up on charges and convicting them. Then everytime a soldier needs to kick a door down and use violence of action (which they are trained to do) they will be second guessing themsleves and getting killed.

A big win!

americaslaststand on August 9, 2007 at 7:15 PM

I’m very happy for those marines!! Now clear them all!! Murtha is a pathetic old man.

build the wall on August 9, 2007 at 7:20 PM

Are these the Marines that M Savage was raising money for their defense?

Yes
So Savage will be taking full credit for this, I assume?

Kensington on August 9, 2007 at 3:29 PM

He deserves credit for keeping the story out there.

SouthernGent on August 9, 2007 at 8:26 PM

Amen, these Marines should never have been thrown under the bus in the first place.

PBoilermaker on August 9, 2007 at 9:46 PM

So Savage will be taking full credit for this, I assume?

Kensington on August 9, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Savage has a right to take Some credit for it. He gave a good deal of money effort and tons of free publicity to their cause.

Joey1974 on August 9, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Yep ! and rightly so. Where is all the MSM coverage?

Texyank on August 9, 2007 at 10:33 PM

“Murtha needs to pay through the nose for what he has said against our troops.”

“I support our troops 110%. Why just last week, we set the cornerstone of the John P. Murtha Rehabilitation Center for returning Pennsylvania veterans brutalized by the Civil War in Mesopotamia. (Thanks Nancy!)” — Jack Murtha

JM Hanes on August 9, 2007 at 10:50 PM

Of course the media will cover for Jack just like it does for the other terrorists and their allies…

CrazyFool on August 9, 2007 at 5:49 PM

You can’t cover for stupid.

leanright on August 10, 2007 at 7:20 AM