It's official - General Mattis has dismissed ALL charges against LCpl Justin Sharratt in the Haditha incident!!! From the exclusive over at FreeRepublic...
In a 7:00 am meeting this morning with defense attorneys and prosecutors, LtGen James Mattis ordered that all charges be dismissed against LCpl Justin Sharratt.
Gen Mattis' order for a dismissal follows the recommendation of the investigating officer in LCpl Sharratt's Article 32. A similar decision is expected in the case of a second Marine, charged with dereliction of duty, Capt. Randy W. Stone.
LCpl Sharratt has also been granted testimonial immunity, a boon to the defense of his squad mates who still face charges, LCpl Tatum and SSgt Wuterich.
LCpl Sharratt had been charged with murder for his actions against the enemy in Haditha, Iraq.
On November 19, 2006, the Marines of Kilo Co., 3/1, were caught in a complex ambush in Haditha. At the end of the day's action, one Marine was dead and eleven wounded.
The next day, insurgents (using techniques from the jihadist handbook) made a videotape of the aftermath and accused the Marines of wanton murder.
The insurgents' evidence was used as the basis for a cover story in Time magazine. Seizing on the opportunity to erode support for the war, Congressman John Murtha went on a media offensive against the Marines, declaring them to be vicious, cold-blooded murderers.
Today's exoneration of LCpl Justin Sharratt is the first step in officially establishing the truth about what happened in Haditha.
Murtha, McGirk, etc. - we expect your apology to this fine young Marine and his family to be made publicly any time now...