Haditha investigator says drop murder charges

A Marine investigator finds the murder charges against Lance Cpl. Sharrat unjustified by evidence, the Associated Press is reporting:

An investigating officer has recommended dismissing murder charges against a U.S. Marine accused in the slayings of three Iraqi men in a squad action that killed 24 civilians in the town of Haditha, according to a report.

The government’s theory that Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt had executed the three men was “incredible” and relied on contradictory statements by Iraqis, Lt. Col. Paul Ware said in the report, released Tuesday by Sharratt’s defense attorneys.

“To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, and sets a dangerous precedent that, in my opinion, may encourage others to bear false witness against Marines as a tactic to erode public support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq,” Ware wrote.

Read the rest at the link above. Don’t hold your breath waiting for John Murtha to apologize, though – he’s still too busy engineering surrender and loading up earmarks for his cronies to be disturbed.

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