Haditha Marine Exonerated: one faces charges


Full column here.


In one sense, it is a great day for Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, USMC, his family, the United States Marine Corps, and the country.  Friday, the military Board of Inquiry found him not guilty of misconduct after the Haditha incident in Iraq in 2005.  The Board ruled he should not be demoted.  

Chessani had already been cleared of criminal charges, but the government decided to prosecute him for misconduct for not fully reporting the incident in the aftermath, even though all his superiors filed reports saying the investigation was satisfactory and no further action was warranted.


However, according to the Thomas More Law Center which defended Chessani, the Board also ruled he will be forced into retirement because “he displayed substandard performance by failing to conduct a more detailed investigation of the civilians killed as a result of the house clearing actions of four Marines after they were ambushed in Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005.


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