"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Marines, 7, Murtha, 0

Anyone remember Rep. John Murtha smearing our Marines in Iraq, accusing them of murder for an incident in Haditha?

Eight Marines were charged with various counts, including murder, for an incident following an IED explosion which killed a fellow Marine. Some Iraqi non-combatants were killed while Marines pursued enemies who the Marines claimed were attempting an ambush.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, accused of failing adequately to investigate the incident, had the charges against him dismissed yesterday.

Of the eight Marines charged, only one now faces charges. The others' charges have been dismissed or they have been found not guilty after a trial.

Media coverage of the sensational claims of Murtha was extensive; that they have proven to be baseless has not garnered much coverage.

I'm shocked, shocked.


Mark Bennett said...

You neglect to mention the great work by the defense teams in these cases that resulted in their dismissal.

Defense, 7, Prosecution, 0.

Tom McKenna said...

I've never viewed our occupation as a zero sum game, where the prosecution is always right and must always win. I know some prosecutors are like that; I know some defenders who always seem to think in those terms-- did "my side" win?

There are cases, like these, and like the Duke "rape" case, where politics and political correctness override the prosecutor's first principle of seeking justice.

Anonymous said...

I just love the way the media (specifically the NY Times) had FRONT PAGE HEADLINES of the "atrocities" these men committed - but only a few sentences (usually on page 37) about their aquital.