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August 18, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
When the trial of a former Marine begins Tuesday in federal court in Riverside, it will mark the first time a little-known federal law has been used to prosecute a former Marine or soldier for actions during combat. A jury of civilians will decide the fate of former Marine Sgt. Jose Nazario, 28, who is accused in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners. The law wasn't originally crafted to target military personnel. Passed by Congress in 2000, the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act was designed to allow the prosecution of civilians employed by the Department of Defense for crimes committed while overseas on official business.
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April 25, 2009 | Tony Perry
Murder charges against a Marine sergeant in the death of a prisoner in Fallouja, Iraq, will not be dropped despite the acquittal of two Marines in the same case. Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, has decided that the case against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson should proceed to a court-martial. Nelson's supporters hoped the case would be dropped after the acquittals of Sgt. Ryan Weemer and former Sgt. Jose Nazario. Nelson is charged with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty in the alleged killing of a prisoner during the assault on insurgents in November 2005.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2009 | Tony Perry
Murder charges against a Marine sergeant in the death of a prisoner in Fallouja, Iraq, will not be dropped despite the acquittal of two Marines in the same case. Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, has decided that the case against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson should proceed to a court-martial. Nelson's supporters hoped the case would be dropped after the acquittals of Sgt. Ryan Weemer and former Sgt. Jose Nazario. Nelson is charged with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty in the alleged killing of a prisoner during the assault on insurgents in November 2005.
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September 26, 2008 | TONY PERRY
A federal judge officially dismissed contempt of court charges Thursday against two Marines who refused to testify in the trial of a former Marine sergeant, who was acquitted last month in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Larson formally dropped the criminal charges against Sgt. Ryan Weemer and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson after federal prosecutors last week dropped their bid to have the two jailed for contempt of court. Despite reassurances from Larson that their testimony could not be used against them in their upcoming courts-martial at Camp Pendleton, the two refused to testify against former Sgt. Jose Nazario.
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June 25, 2008 | Tony Perry
A federal judge Tuesday ordered a second Marine jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury probing the alleged killing of four insurgent prisoners by Marines during the fight in Fallouja in late 2004. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson ordered Sgt. Jermaine Nelson jailed after finding him in contempt of court. On June 12, Larsen made a similar ruling against Sgt. Ryan Weemer. A third Marine, former Sgt. Jose Nazario, is charged in federal court with manslaughter in the case.
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September 26, 2008 | TONY PERRY
A federal judge officially dismissed contempt of court charges Thursday against two Marines who refused to testify in the trial of a former Marine sergeant, who was acquitted last month in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Larson formally dropped the criminal charges against Sgt. Ryan Weemer and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson after federal prosecutors last week dropped their bid to have the two jailed for contempt of court. Despite reassurances from Larson that their testimony could not be used against them in their upcoming courts-martial at Camp Pendleton, the two refused to testify against former Sgt. Jose Nazario.
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June 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Marine charged with murder in the death of an Iraqi detainee during 2004 combat operations in Fallouja was jailed Thursday for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury. Sgt. Ryan G. Weemer appeared in uniform before U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson and was found in contempt of court. Weemer's attorney, Christopher Johnson, said his client decided not to testify for fear of self-incrimination. Weemer, of Hindsboro, Ill., can be held for up to 18 months unless he decides to testify.
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July 4, 2008 | Tony Perry
A federal judge Thursday ordered two Marines released from jail despite their refusal to testify before a grand jury probing the alleged killing of four Iraqi prisoners by Marines during the battle for Fallouja in late 2004. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson said that Sgt. Jermaine Nelson and Sgt. Ryan Weemer are still in contempt of court, but that keeping them behind bars was futile. Their lawyers had argued that they would never testify before the grand jury, which in particular is looking at the actions of former Sgt. Jose Nazario.
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August 27, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A former Marine testified in federal court Tuesday that he saw Sgt. Jose Nazario standing over a dead Iraqi, with an M-16 in his hands, just seconds after he heard a gunshot from the room where Nazario was holding Iraqi prisoners. Former Lance Cpl. Corey Carlisle also testified that before he heard the gunshot, he heard Nazario trying to talk a Marine into helping him kill Iraqi prisoners. Carlisle was the first witness to testify in federal court in Riverside about the events of Nov. 9, 2004, when the Marine squad stormed a house in Fallouja.
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August 23, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Two Marines refused to testify Friday against a former squad leader accused of killing Iraqi detainees, angering a prosecutor who said their refusal does grave harm to the government's case in the first civilian trial of a former service member accused of violating military rules of engagement. The prosecutor asked the judge to jail the Marines for failing to testify, but the judge refused. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson, who is presiding over the trial in Riverside of former Sgt. Jose Nazario, said putting Sgt. Ryan Weemer and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson in jail would not convince them to testify.
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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.
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August 27, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A former Marine testified in federal court Tuesday that he saw Sgt. Jose Nazario standing over a dead Iraqi, with an M-16 in his hands, just seconds after he heard a gunshot from the room where Nazario was holding Iraqi prisoners. Former Lance Cpl. Corey Carlisle also testified that before he heard the gunshot, he heard Nazario trying to talk a Marine into helping him kill Iraqi prisoners. Carlisle was the first witness to testify in federal court in Riverside about the events of Nov. 9, 2004, when the Marine squad stormed a house in Fallouja.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Two Marines refused to testify Friday against a former squad leader accused of killing Iraqi detainees, angering a prosecutor who said their refusal does grave harm to the government's case in the first civilian trial of a former service member accused of violating military rules of engagement. The prosecutor asked the judge to jail the Marines for failing to testify, but the judge refused. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson, who is presiding over the trial in Riverside of former Sgt. Jose Nazario, said putting Sgt. Ryan Weemer and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson in jail would not convince them to testify.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
When the trial of a former Marine begins Tuesday in federal court in Riverside, it will mark the first time a little-known federal law has been used to prosecute a former Marine or soldier for actions during combat. A jury of civilians will decide the fate of former Marine Sgt. Jose Nazario, 28, who is accused in the killing of four Iraqi prisoners. The law wasn't originally crafted to target military personnel. Passed by Congress in 2000, the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act was designed to allow the prosecution of civilians employed by the Department of Defense for crimes committed while overseas on official business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2008 | Tony Perry
A federal judge Thursday ordered two Marines released from jail despite their refusal to testify before a grand jury probing the alleged killing of four Iraqi prisoners by Marines during the battle for Fallouja in late 2004. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson said that Sgt. Jermaine Nelson and Sgt. Ryan Weemer are still in contempt of court, but that keeping them behind bars was futile. Their lawyers had argued that they would never testify before the grand jury, which in particular is looking at the actions of former Sgt. Jose Nazario.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2008 | Tony Perry
A federal judge Tuesday ordered a second Marine jailed for refusing to testify before a grand jury probing the alleged killing of four insurgent prisoners by Marines during the fight in Fallouja in late 2004. U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson ordered Sgt. Jermaine Nelson jailed after finding him in contempt of court. On June 12, Larsen made a similar ruling against Sgt. Ryan Weemer. A third Marine, former Sgt. Jose Nazario, is charged in federal court with manslaughter in the case.
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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.
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October 1, 2009 | Tony Perry
A Marine sergeant was demoted to lance corporal Wednesday and given a 150-day suspended jail sentence for his role in the killing of unarmed Iraqi prisoners. In exchange for a guilty plea to dereliction of duty, prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Jermaine Nelson, 28. Nelson told the court-martial judge at Camp Pendleton that he killed a prisoner during the battle for Fallouja in November 2004 on the orders of his squad leader. A psychiatrist testified that Nelson now suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
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June 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Marine charged with murder in the death of an Iraqi detainee during 2004 combat operations in Fallouja was jailed Thursday for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury. Sgt. Ryan G. Weemer appeared in uniform before U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson and was found in contempt of court. Weemer's attorney, Christopher Johnson, said his client decided not to testify for fear of self-incrimination. Weemer, of Hindsboro, Ill., can be held for up to 18 months unless he decides to testify.
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