tishaLA (1000+ posts) Wed Jun-04-08 10:12 PM
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Jury acquits Marine of covering up Iraq killings
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A Marine intelligence officer has been acquitted of charges that he tried to help cover up the killings of 24 Iraqi men, women and children.

A jury of seven officers delivered the verdict Wednesday in favor of 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson after more than five hours of deliberation.

Grayson, who has always maintained he did nothing wrong, was not present at the scene of the killings on Nov. 19, 2005, in Haditha. He was accused of telling a sergeant to delete photographs of the dead from a digital camera and laptop computer.

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cstanleytech (542 posts) Thu Jun-05-08 12:29 AM
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1. "A jury of seven officers" Is anyone here really surprised about the verdict?
Edited on Thu Jun-05-08 01:04 AM by cstanleytech
It pretty much was pre-ordained after all and is a prime example of the kind of verdict you will get when you set the fox to guard the henhouse.

wmbrew0206 (267 posts) Thu Jun-05-08 09:24 AM
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3. Grayson is an officer. Officers have the right to a to be tried before a jury of their peers.
Edited on Thu Jun-05-08 09:28 AM by wmbrew0206
There is a big difference between being an officer and an NCO or SNCO. That is not to say one is better than the other, they are just different and have different responsibilities. If an officer is going to be court marshaled, the jury needs to be made up of officers equal to his rank or higher.

It seems this case revolved around whether or not the Lt ordered the Sgt to delete the photos to cover something up. The Sgt was doing something he should not have which is storing photos of the dead on his personal computer.

I will tell anyone who thinks this was a predetermined outcome, you are completely WRONG. We, as the Marine Officer Corps, protect the reputation of the Marine Corps and Marine Officers fiercely. We don't protect our own if they have screwed up and we'll gladly punish a peer who has brought shame to our organization.

God, what morons.

Any word from Murtha?