This is great news and I am so proud of this Marine for standing up what he knows is the truth!
From the Washington Post...
"Attorneys for Frank D. Wuterich, 26, argue in court papers that Murtha tarnished the Marine's reputation by telling news organizations in May that the Marine unit cracked after a roadside bomb killed one of its members and that the troops "killed innocent civilians in cold blood." Murtha also said repeatedly that the incident was covered up.
In the court filing, obtained by The Washington Post, the lawyers say that Murtha made the comments after being briefed by Defense Department officials who "deliberately provided him with inaccurate and false information." Neal A. Puckett and Mark S. Zaid, suing for libel and invasion of privacy, also wrote that Murtha made the comments outside of his official scope as a congressman."
This means that Murtha will have to come clean about who told him about the incident and WHAT he was told. Did he make up the "cold blooded murder" part all by himself or was it from the Dept. of Defense representative? It will also be extremely noteworthy to see who Murtha's anonymous source was and any agenda the tattletale may have.
According to legal experts, Murtha will not be able to hide behind his "congressional privileges" on this one...
"Part of the subtext of this is it's a showing of confidence and a preemptive strike of sorts," Smolla said. "The congressman's statement does not sound as if it is merely hyperbole or opinion or name-calling. Instead, it conveys the idea that the Marines violated professional standards and perhaps the law."
Now once the Marines are exonerated for the bogus claims in Haditha, will the same standard be held up against the media. You know the ones that no longer believe in innocent until proven guilty if you are an US Soldier?
Previous Posts about Murtha and Haditha...
The REAL Haditha
Murtha - Different Battle, Same Story
Hypocrisy and Irony - Kerry, Murtha and TruthOut
Haditha Claims Continue to Unravel - Will Murtha Apologize?
Traitors in Our Midst
Does Cut & Run Equal Courage?
Murtha Spews More Briefing Info and Code Pink Talking Points
It Doesn't Matter to Murtha