Dec 9 2009
ALREADY CLEARED of all charges (as were all but one of the Marines involved in the Haditha incident), Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani is once again being persecuted by the asshats in Obama’s military-hating administration.
Cold-blooded John Murtha was wrong about the Haditha marines.
The Thomas Moore Law Firm says the government is pulling out all the stops in an attempt to end the 22-year career of the Marine officer who commanded the troops involved in the so-called “Haditha massacre” four years ago. (See earlier article) Wednesday, December 2 at Camp Pendleton, California, the government began its Board of Inquiry against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani.
The three-member board is to determine whether Chessani engaged in any “misconduct” related to a house-to-house firefight in Haditha, Iraq November 19, 2005 which led to the deaths of 24 people, including 15 civilians. But Chessani has already been acquitted by a military court on charges of dereliction of duty for failing to investigate the incident.
The administrative panel heard opening statements and received documents from both sides Wednesday and will begin to hear from witnesses later this morning.Brian Rooney, a spokesman for the Thomas More Law Center, the firm defending Chessani, says that “even though the rules of evidence and everything are very relaxed, and the administrative rules are a lot less rigorous than the criminal rules, typically we would find that the members would be savvy enough to know what was going on.”
Rooney continues to explain that the prosecution was allowed to submit photographs of the dead Iraqis which were not admitted in the criminal trial, and the defense team was unable to gain the dismissal of the senior member of the board whom they believed had a pre-existing opinion in the case. The Thomas More Law Center spokesman reports that testimony should take up the rest of the week, and they hope to have a decision from the board by December 14. LINK RELATED:Military stories