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June 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Marine Corps is appealing a military judge's decision to dismiss criminal charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani in the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha in November 2005. The judge, Col. Steven Folsom, ruled Tuesday that the case against Chessani was tainted by the appearance of undue influence brought on the convening authority, Gen. James N. Mattis. Chessani, 44, was charged with dereliction of duty and failure to obey a direct order for not launching a war crimes investigation into the killings.
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January 7, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Camp Pendleton -- Opposing lawyers Friday asked prospective jurors in the court-martial of an enlisted Marine charged in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians a series of questions focused sharply on the morally complex issues central to the long-awaited trial. Will you be bothered by pictures of dead children? Do you think that dead children are sometimes the "unfortunate result of combat operations"? Do you think there are times when it is permissible for Marines to enter a house firing their M-16s and throwing grenades without stopping to determine if women, children and other non combatants might be killed?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2009 | Tony Perry
A military judge on Thursday refused a request from prosecutors for access to un-aired portions of a CBS "60 Minutes" interview with Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich for use in Wuterich's court-martial stemming from the killing of civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Meeks sided with the network and quashed the prosecutors' subpoena. Prosecutors had argued that laws shielding reporters from disclosing unpublished or un-aired portions of interviews do not apply to military court. Wuterich is charged with voluntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and dereliction of duty stemming from a Nov. 19, 2005, shooting in which 24 civilians were killed.
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January 6, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Camp Pendleton -- U.S. combat troops have departed from Iraq, but one last — and highly controversial — chapter of the long war there is being played out at Camp Pendleton. After years of delay and legal wrangling, the court-martial of the last of eight Marines charged in the shooting deaths of 24 Iraqis in the village of Haditha in 2005 is under way — with Marines with combat experience sitting as jurors. Opening statements are expected to begin Friday. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, now 31, was on his first combat deployment when a roadside bomb killed one Marine and injured two others from his squad.
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May 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Prosecutors will call a top NATO general to address a potential conflict of interest in the case of a Marine officer charged with failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqi men, women and children, defense attorneys said Friday. Marine Gen. James Mattis, NATO's top commander in charge of military modernization, is scheduled to take the stand Monday during a hearing to address a military judge's finding that there was evidence of unlawful command influence in the case of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2010 | By Tony Perry
The defense for the last Marine facing criminal charges in the fatal shooting of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 won a key ruling Tuesday that could lead to the dropping of the case. Lt. Col. David Jones, the judge, ruled that attorneys for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich had successfully shown that there was the possibility of what the military calls undue command influence in the decision by a general to send Wuterich to a court martial. Jones' ruling requires that prosecutors prove beyond a reasonable doubt that no such influence existed or that, although it may have existed, it did not influence the generals' decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Camp Pendleton -- Opposing lawyers Friday asked prospective jurors in the court-martial of an enlisted Marine charged in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians a series of questions focused sharply on the morally complex issues central to the long-awaited trial. Will you be bothered by pictures of dead children? Do you think that dead children are sometimes the "unfortunate result of combat operations"? Do you think there are times when it is permissible for Marines to enter a house firing their M-16s and throwing grenades without stopping to determine if women, children and other non combatants might be killed?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Camp Pendleton -- U.S. combat troops have departed from Iraq, but one last — and highly controversial — chapter of the long war there is being played out at Camp Pendleton. After years of delay and legal wrangling, the court-martial of the last of eight Marines charged in the shooting deaths of 24 Iraqis in the village of Haditha in 2005 is under way — with Marines with combat experience sitting as jurors. Opening statements are expected to begin Friday. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, now 31, was on his first combat deployment when a roadside bomb killed one Marine and injured two others from his squad.
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March 18, 2009 | Tony Perry
A military appeals court Tuesday upheld the dismissal of war crimes charges against Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the highest-ranking Marine charged in the 2005 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2010 | By Tony Perry
The defense for the last Marine facing criminal charges in the fatal shooting of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 won a key ruling Tuesday that could lead to the dropping of the case. Lt. Col. David Jones, the judge, ruled that attorneys for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich had successfully shown that there was the possibility of what the military calls undue command influence in the decision by a general to send Wuterich to a court martial. Jones' ruling requires that prosecutors prove beyond a reasonable doubt that no such influence existed or that, although it may have existed, it did not influence the generals' decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2009 | Tony Perry
The Marine Corps has decided not to seek to reinstate criminal charges against a former battalion commander for a 2005 incident in which his troops killed 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Instead, the Marine Corps will convene a Board of Inquiry to hear testimony and recommend whether Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani should be demoted to major for purposes of retirement. Even if such a recommendation is made and then accepted by the Secretary of the Navy, Chessani's retirement pay would still be based on being a lieutenant colonel.
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March 18, 2009 | Tony Perry
A military appeals court Tuesday upheld the dismissal of war crimes charges against Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the highest-ranking Marine charged in the 2005 killing of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq.
WORLD
June 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Marine Corps is appealing a military judge's decision to dismiss criminal charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani in the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha in November 2005. The judge, Col. Steven Folsom, ruled Tuesday that the case against Chessani was tainted by the appearance of undue influence brought on the convening authority, Gen. James N. Mattis. Chessani, 44, was charged with dereliction of duty and failure to obey a direct order for not launching a war crimes investigation into the killings.
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May 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Prosecutors will call a top NATO general to address a potential conflict of interest in the case of a Marine officer charged with failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqi men, women and children, defense attorneys said Friday. Marine Gen. James Mattis, NATO's top commander in charge of military modernization, is scheduled to take the stand Monday during a hearing to address a military judge's finding that there was evidence of unlawful command influence in the case of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani.
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