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May 2, 2008 | Tony Perry
Lawyers defending a former Marine accused of killing Iraqi prisoners during the 2004 battle of Fallouja have lost a bid to get the voluntary manslaughter case thrown out of court. Attorneys for Jose Luis Nazario asserted that the civilian criminal system lacks legal authority over acts committed in a war zone. But U.S. District Judge Stephen G. Larson ruled this week that the law "prevents discharge from the military from serving as a shield to prosecution for crimes committed while in military service."
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April 13, 2009 | Tony Perry
Former Marines are mounting a petition in hopes of persuading a general at Camp Pendleton to drop charges against a Marine sergeant accused of killing a prisoner during the battle in Fallouja in 2004. The Marine has admitted the killing and awaits court-martial on charges of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty. The drive to have charges dropped against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson began after the acquittal Thursday of Sgt. Ryan Weemer on similar charges. In August, a civilian jury in Riverside found former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario not guilty in the same case.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2009 | Tony Perry
Former Marines are mounting a petition in hopes of persuading a general at Camp Pendleton to drop charges against a Marine sergeant accused of killing a prisoner during the battle in Fallouja in 2004. The Marine has admitted the killing and awaits court-martial on charges of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty. The drive to have charges dropped against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson began after the acquittal Thursday of Sgt. Ryan Weemer on similar charges. In August, a civilian jury in Riverside found former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario not guilty in the same case.
OPINION
September 7, 2008
In acquitting a former Marine accused of a war crime in Iraq, a federal jury in Riverside has done more than render a verdict to the best of its ability. It also has cast doubt on the notion that acts committed in the fog of war can't be fairly scrutinized in the daylight of a civilian trial. Former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario was accused of voluntary manslaughter in the 2004 killing of four unarmed detainees in Fallouja, Iraq, the scene of a major U.S. counterinsurgency operation. By the time Nazario was charged, he had been mustered out of the Marines.
OPINION
September 2, 2008
Re "Marine is acquitted in killings of 4 Iraqis," Aug. 29 The juror who said "you don't know what combat is until you're in combat" was correct. In her simple honesty, she captured the essence of what justice meant for former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario. The United States has brave men and women who volunteer for duty in hellish places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, knowing they are in for heat, danger and a confusing, frustrating war. When incidents happen that fall in the gray area of the rules of engagement, we must give the benefit of the doubt to our soldiers, our people.
OPINION
September 7, 2008
In acquitting a former Marine accused of a war crime in Iraq, a federal jury in Riverside has done more than render a verdict to the best of its ability. It also has cast doubt on the notion that acts committed in the fog of war can't be fairly scrutinized in the daylight of a civilian trial. Former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario was accused of voluntary manslaughter in the 2004 killing of four unarmed detainees in Fallouja, Iraq, the scene of a major U.S. counterinsurgency operation. By the time Nazario was charged, he had been mustered out of the Marines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury in Riverside on Wednesday began deliberating the fate of a former Marine sergeant accused in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners, a case that both sides argued in closing arguments could affect the United States' mission in Iraq. Defense attorney Kevin McDermott told jurors that a guilty verdict could endanger U.S. soldiers and Marines by making them second-guess themselves rather than risk being prosecuted by civilians. U.S. Atty. Jerry Behnke said a failure to convict former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario could undercut U.S. efforts in Iraq by signaling that the U.S. condones executing unarmed, nonresistant prisoners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In the first civilian trial in modern times of a former member of the U.S. military for alleged combat crimes, a Riverside jury Thursday acquitted a one-time Marine sergeant in the killings of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners in Fallouja. After deliberating less than six hours, the panel found Jose Luis Nazario, 28, not guilty of manslaughter, assault and use of a firearm in the shooting deaths of the Iraqi men, taken prisoner by Nazario's squad during house-to-house fighting in late 2004.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal grand jury has indicted former Marine Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario on two charges of voluntary manslaughter for allegedly killing Iraqi prisoners during the battle in Fallouja in November 2004, officials said Wednesday. The indictment supersedes a charge already filed against Nazario. The Marine Corps has filed an unpremeditated-murder charge against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson in the same incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2008 | Tony Perry
A Marine combat veteran from Iraq has been jailed after refusing to testify against his former squad leader before a federal grand jury. Although granted immunity, Sgt. Jermaine A. Nelson, 26, refused to testify against former Marine Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario in a case involving the alleged killing of prisoners during the battle for Fallouja in late 2004. Nelson's lawyer, Joseph Low, said Friday that his client will not testify against Nazario because Nazario saved his life numerous times.
OPINION
September 2, 2008
Re "Marine is acquitted in killings of 4 Iraqis," Aug. 29 The juror who said "you don't know what combat is until you're in combat" was correct. In her simple honesty, she captured the essence of what justice meant for former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario. The United States has brave men and women who volunteer for duty in hellish places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, knowing they are in for heat, danger and a confusing, frustrating war. When incidents happen that fall in the gray area of the rules of engagement, we must give the benefit of the doubt to our soldiers, our people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In the first civilian trial in modern times of a former member of the U.S. military for alleged combat crimes, a Riverside jury Thursday acquitted a one-time Marine sergeant in the killings of four unarmed Iraqi prisoners in Fallouja. After deliberating less than six hours, the panel found Jose Luis Nazario, 28, not guilty of manslaughter, assault and use of a firearm in the shooting deaths of the Iraqi men, taken prisoner by Nazario's squad during house-to-house fighting in late 2004.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A federal jury in Riverside on Wednesday began deliberating the fate of a former Marine sergeant accused in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners, a case that both sides argued in closing arguments could affect the United States' mission in Iraq. Defense attorney Kevin McDermott told jurors that a guilty verdict could endanger U.S. soldiers and Marines by making them second-guess themselves rather than risk being prosecuted by civilians. U.S. Atty. Jerry Behnke said a failure to convict former Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario could undercut U.S. efforts in Iraq by signaling that the U.S. condones executing unarmed, nonresistant prisoners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 2008 | Tony Perry
Lawyers defending a former Marine accused of killing Iraqi prisoners during the 2004 battle of Fallouja have lost a bid to get the voluntary manslaughter case thrown out of court. Attorneys for Jose Luis Nazario asserted that the civilian criminal system lacks legal authority over acts committed in a war zone. But U.S. District Judge Stephen G. Larson ruled this week that the law "prevents discharge from the military from serving as a shield to prosecution for crimes committed while in military service."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A jury of nine women and three men, only one a military veteran, heard opening statements Thursday in the federal trial of a former Marine accused of killing unarmed detainees in Fallouja, Iraq. Jose Luis Nazario Jr., 28, is the first civilian to be tried under a federal law that allows the prosecution of a former Marine or soldier for actions during combat. Nazario is accused in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners on Nov. 9, 2004. In his opening statement in U.S. District Court in Riverside, Assistant U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2007 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
A former Marine sergeant, who until last week was serving as a Riverside police officer, pleaded not guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter charges in the killing of unarmed prisoners in Iraq in 2004. Jose Luis Nazario Jr., 27, who appeared Thursday in a U.S. District Court in Riverside, is accused of killing two unarmed men in Fallouja on Nov. 9, 2004, during a battle to clear the city of insurgents.
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