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Military Justice Itself May Be On Trial In Camp Pendleton’s Last Haditha Case

Frank Wuterich is the last of his squad to be on trial for the Haditha case.

Credit: 10News

Above: Frank Wuterich is the last of his squad to be on trial for the Haditha case.

Guests

KPBS Senior Metro Reporter Alison St John

David Michael Brahms United States Marine Corp, Brigadier General (Ret.), he's a practicing Military Attorney with an office in Carlsbad.

Transcript

The Haditha trial is underway at Camp Pendleton more than six years after 24 Iraqi civilians, including women and children, were killed by a squad of US Marines. Opening statements by both prosecution and defense have been delivered.

Combat experience and the Marine rules of engagement are both major factors in Camp Pendleton's Haditha trial.

As Frank Wuterich, the last Marine who will be tried, in connection with killing civilians in Haditha, Iraq,

On KPBS Midday Edition, we're asking: How does the way the military views justice differ from civilian law?

Some observers are predicting another acquittal, as all the previously tried Marines have been acquitted of their charges. We'll find out the possible political implications of failing to punish anyone for the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians, including 11 women and children.

KPBS Senior Metro Correspondent Alison St John was in the courtroom Monday. She'll speak with us today.

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