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Pendleton Marine Sentenced in War Crime Trial

One of the so-called “Pendleton 8” receives his sentence from a military judge today. He is the first to receive punishment for a role in the alleged kidnapping and murder plot of an Iraqi civilian.

Pendleton Marine Sentenced in War Crime Trial

Tom Fudge : When is a Marine guilty of murder? Private John Jodka of Encinitas was sentenced to 18 months for his role in the killing of Iraqi civilian in Haditha. He’s the second Marine to be sentenced in the case and one of three that have accepted plea bargains. We’ll talk about the case, and the way the government is pursuing it. And we’ll ask how military justice handles the difficult question of when a man turns from soldier to criminal.


  • Andrew Phelps , reporter for KPBS News.
  • Tom Booth , criminal defense attorney who handles military cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) for the Pacific Law Center.
  • Eugene R. Fidell, president of the National Institute of Military Justice in Washington, D.C.