Archive for Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Three Marines to face courts-martial in death

September 26, 2006


— Three Marines from Camp Pendleton will face courts-martial on murder charges in the death of an Iraqi man in the town of Hamdania, the Marine Corps said Monday.

Gen. James Mattis, the commanding general in the case, said he would not seek the death penalty.

The three were among seven Marines and one Navy corpsman charged with kidnapping and murdering 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad in April. The other five face preliminary hearings in coming weeks.

Pfc. John J. Jodka, 20, Cpl. Marshall L. Magincalda, 23, and Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate, 21, will also face charges including conspiracy, housebreaking and wrongfully seizing and holding a victim against his will.

The Marines Corps dropped some charges against the three, including an assault charge against Magincalda and Shumate. Jodka had charges of making a false official statement, larceny and wrongfully endeavoring to impede an investigation dropped.


gphawk89 11 years, 8 months ago

So how many terrorists have been tried on kidnaping and murder charges by Al Qaeda? Really, what would Al Qaeda do to a terrorist that came to the US and kidnapped, tortured, and killed a US citizen? He'd be a hero.

I'm not condoning blatant war crimes, and I don't know the specifics of this case, but it seems that if we start threatening to hand down murder charges to soldiers who are stuck in a very difficult and dangerous situation, said soldiers are going to become hesitant to do what they need to do to get their job done. Let's get our priorities straight here.

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