September 4, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On September 4, 2008, the US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq announced that it had charged two US soldiers with premeditated murder and assault in connection with the death of an Iraqi detainee. The announcement came after similar charges had been filed against several Marines for allegations ...[read more]
August 19, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On August 19, 2006, Lt. Colonel Jeffrey R. Chessani stated that he did not believe a probe into the November 2005 deaths of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, was necessary because he did not believe there was any wrongdoing. Charges against Chessani were eventually dropped. Of the eight Marines ...[read more]
July 3, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 3, 2008, a judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California ordered the release of two US Marines who had been jailed for refusing to testify about the deaths of Iraqi detainees during the Fallujah offensive in November 2004. The two Marines, Sgt. Ryan G Weemer and ...[read more]
April 14, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On April 14, 2007, an report released by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) concluded that a US Marine Corps Special Forces unit violated international humanitarian law in its military response to a March 4, 2007 suicide bombing. The report found that following the initial ...[read more]
March 30, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
A federal judge on Wednesday awarded $44.6 million from Iran to two US marines and their families as a result of injuries sustained in the 1983 suicide-truck bombing on American barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Relying on the findings of fact from Peterson v. Islamic Republic of Iran (Peterson II), ...[read more]
April 23, 2010
by Daniel Makosky
A military appeals court on Thursday reversed the conviction of US Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III for the 2006 killing of an Iraqi civilian, citing lack of a fair trial. In an 8-1 decision, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that the departure of one of Hutchins's primary a... ...[read more]
March 27, 2010
by Daniel Makosky
A US military judge Friday denied a motion to dismiss charges against US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the leader of the squad implicated in the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha in November 2005. Lt. Col. David Jones ruled that the evidence was insufficient to demonstrate that officers ...[read more]
September 29, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On September 29, 1983, Congress invoked the War Powers Act for the first time, authorizing President Reagan to keep US Marines in Lebanon another 18 months. ... ...[read more]
April 9, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A jury of US Marines acquitted Sgt. Ryan Weemer Thursday of one count of murder and one count of dereliction of duty for his involvement in the shooting death of a detained Iraqi insurgent during a Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-Iraq) November 2004 offensive in Fallujah. Weemer's defense lawyer... ...[read more]
January 13, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer
The court-martial for US Marine Corp Sgt. Jermaine Nelson has been scheduled for February 16, according to a Monday report in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The trial was scheduled to begin earlier this month, but a delay was granted following a ruling in which the court approved the appointment of ...[read more]

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