The Latest in the Marine Corps Urination Case

I have to be careful driving this blog. When someone sends me an email, my first impulse is to publish it if it is asinine. Like here, a lesbian lady nicely congratulates me – for me and my homosexual partner. So I published her silly and false conclusion. And I had a New York Times reporter send me an email asking about bluebonnets. I took down the post discussing her when she very professionally requested it. (I did steer her to reader Lou, who introduced the reporter to a relative of hers from Austin.)

Yesterday, I received an email from a player in the Marine Corps Taliban-urination case. But this time, I did ask her/him if she/he wanted to stay anonymous. And she/he thought it best. So here is the story:

Attorneys for Capt. James Clement, right, say the Marine Corps has taken extraordinary measures to suppress evidence that will exonerate their client. They've alleged the commandant's top legal adviser, Robert Hogue, left, inappropriately ordered evidence to be classified in the criminal cases stemming from a vulgar war-zone video.

Attorneys for Capt. James Clement, right, say the Marine Corps has taken extraordinary measures to suppress evidence that will exonerate their client. They’ve alleged the commandant’s top legal adviser, Robert Hogue, left, inappropriately ordered evidence to be classified in the criminal cases stemming from a vulgar war-zone video.

The Marine Corps has taken extraordinary measures to suppress evidence in its prosecution of the only officer charged in connection with a vulgar war-zone video that surfaced online last year, his attorneys allege.

Capt. James Clement is charged with dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer because four enlisted Marine scout snipers in his unit recorded themselves urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on July 27, 2011. Clement’s case is one of two remaining after six others were resolved.

The video has proven an embarrassing ordeal for the Marine Corps and some of its senior leaders — including the service’s commandant, Gen. Jim Amos, who is implicated in an internal complaint made to the Defense Department Inspector General alleging he, or others acting on his behalf, manipulated the legal process to ensure stiff punishment of the Marines involved.

Court documents and emails obtained by Marine Corps Times suggest the Marine Corps has sought to block Clement’s attorneys, John Dowd and Maj. Joseph Grimm, from accessing evidence they say exonerates their client and would ensure he receives a fair trial. The material includes witness statements recorded more than a year ago during separate investigations into the urination video — one conducted by the Corps, the other by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service — plus related communication between the commandant, his legal advisers and several Marine generals…

Let’s hope they don’t play politics with these Marines’ lives. . .

5 thoughts on “The Latest in the Marine Corps Urination Case

  1. Suppressing evidence equals an unfair trial, which in turn equals case dismissed.

    It sickens me to the stomach, every man is not guilty unless proven otherwise in a court of law, no matter what evidence is stacked against him. Is it a case of some one wishing to bury bad news using a convenient incident, or perhaps they over lap, which is the real stink.

    I truly hope the truth comes out for every ones sake.

    Yours Aye.

    • I had the same thought. It should be telling whether they rule the evidence suppression as “unfair.” I surely hope so. . .

  2. Well, considering that he admitted ordering his Marines to urinate on those dead Talibans, it seems fair.

    Hang on. Oh, he didn’t? Well then this seems pretty *censored* wrong and completely *censored* messed up beyond all belief.

      • Indeed. Giving the Marines who did it a verbal reprimand and have them police call the barracks a few times would be warranted, but going so far as to not only try to deal out a harder punishment to their superior in the first place, but also manipulating the justice system to ensure it, that is simply outside the world of common sense.

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