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Haditha Prosecutors Blocked From Asking For Allegedly Damning Footage

A military judge in California says prosecutors can not ask CBS News for unaired interview footage of a marine charged in the massacre of civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Erik Anderson of member station KP

A military judge in California says prosecutors can not ask CBS News for unaired interview footage of a marine charged in the massacre of civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Erik Anderson of member station KPBS in San Diego has details.

Military prosecutors asked for the footage because they say it shows Staff Sergeant Frank Wueterich confessing to crimes linked to the Haditha deaths.

A marine squad led by Wueterich was involved in a day long fire fight in Haditha in 2005. Two dozen Iraqi civilians were killed after a roadside bomb took the life of one of Wueterich's marines.

Women and children were among the dead. Prosecutors argued the Sergeant admitted on the tape that he ordered his men to shoot first and ask questions later.

The judge called the request a fishing expedition. CBS argued the request was unreasonable and oppressive. Wueterich faces voluntary manslaughter and other charges linked to the incident.