Great news, Chessani charges dropped
Military judge dismisses charges in Haditha case 6/17/2008 12:50:00 PM
Associated Press/AP Online
By CHELSEA J. CARTER
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A military judge has dismissed charges against a Marine officer accused of failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqis.
Col. Steven Folsom dismissed charges Tuesday against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani after defense attorneys raised concerns that a four-star general overseeing the prosecution was improperly influenced by an investigator probing the November 2005 shootings by a Marine squad in Haditha.
The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be refiled, but Folsom excluded Marine Forces Central Command from future involvement.
Chessani was the highest-ranking officer implicated in the case.
Fair warning! I came into this world screaming and covered in someone elses blood. I have no problem going out the same way.