Congressman Jack Murtha Has No Comment
We got great news yesterday here at the world headquarters of The Silver State Chronicles, and that came from the fine folks at the Thomas More Law Center. One of the US soldiers that Congressman Murtha got such a thrill damning on tv interviews, US Marine Lt Col. Jeffrey Chessani, had all charges against him regarding the incident at Haditha dismissed, with prejudice.
The ‘with prejudice’ part is mildly troubling, basically leaving the Feds an opening until Friday morning to re-file the charges against Chessani. As a practical matter, they would have to meet such a high standard that the smart money is that the Feds won’t be doing it and will drop it entirely.
Read the great news here…
ANN ARBOR, MI – Military Judge Colonel Steven Folsom, USMC, this morning dismissed all charges against Lt Colonel Jeffrey Chessani on the grounds of unlawful command influence. He blistered the prosecution’s case in an opinion he read from the bench that lasted an hour. The ruling was without prejudice. Colonel Folsom gave prosecutors 72 hours in which to notify him whether they would appeal.
The ruling was greeted with tears of joy from Chessani’s wife and several spectators in the courtroom.
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Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commenting on the judge’s decision had this to say, “We are all grateful for the judge’s ruling today. He truly was the ‘last sentinel’ to guard against unlawful command influence.”
“Tragically, our own government eliminated one of its most effective combat commanders. The insurgents are laughing in their caves,” said Thompson.
LtCol Chessani’s official 2006 Combat Fitness Report declared him “a superb leader, who knows his men, knows the enemy, knows his business,” and recommended him for promotion. The reviewing Major General added, LtCol Chessani has “unlimited potential and value to the Marine Corps,” and also recommended him for promotion.
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Congressman Jack Murtha couldn’t keep from running his big mouth a while back, damning the Haditha Marines before they had a fair trial.
To be fair, lots of rotten things happen during a war. If there is misconduct, it should be investigated and justice should be served.
That being said, Murtha convicted these soldiers with his rhetoric long before they got their fair hearings. And he was WRONG to do that. And turns out, his judgment was WRONG, too. Indeed, most of what Murtha said about Chessani and the other accused soldiers was just flat out WRONG.
All Murtha had to do was just give the benefit of the doubt to the US soldiers in this case. Of course, he found the account of a bunch of Iraqis more compelling. Actually, he believed their account 100% and thoughtlessly ran with it.
What a vile and small man. If he had any dignity, he would apologize for his comments. He won’t, of course. That would require integrity, class, and dignity. And that bloated windbag has none of the above. We should only be so lucky if his constituency in his Congressional disctrict holds him accountable on election day and sends him packing.
Of course, that would require integrity, class, and dignity from his voters. And lets be fair – if they had any, they would have sent him packing ages ago for his involvement as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the ABSCAM incident.
Remember, one of the things that saved his neck was when he was shown on tape turning down a bribe, noting “I’m not interested, I’m sorry. At this point…” One wonders what his criminal culpability may have been if he had been given more time!
No matter – I’m not making the case that he should have been sent to prison. I am saying that the people of his district probably deserve better from their elected congressman.
EPILOGUE: Out of 8 Marines originally involved in the Haditha case, 7 have been exonerated and the 8th awaits his day in court.