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Did US Marines commit a massacre?

by Rach3
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Gokul43201
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Dec21-06, 09:22 AM
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I haven't really been following this issue - has it come out that the marines did not enter the homes?
Not from anything I've come across. I think CNN is reporting the final (before investigations began) Military account of the incident in the quote above.
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Update: Marine squad leader charged with 13 counts of murder; no charge of premeditated murder:

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Dec 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. military charged a Marine squad leader with 13 counts of murder in the killings last year of unarmed civilians in Haditha, Iraq, one of the man's defense lawyers said on Thursday.

The charges handed down against Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, but do not include premeditated murder, said attorney Mark Zaid.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N21200494.htm

Update 2: More charges follow:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/12/21/iraq.haditha/

Neal Puckett, another of Wuterich's attorneys, said the sergeant faces 12 counts of unpremeditated murder against individuals and one count of the murder of six people "while engaged in an act inherently dangerous to others."
What does that last one mean? I'm guessing it's related to the killing of the people inside the house, but it's not clear to me what eactly the charge is.
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I thought rampaging mass murder is an "act inherently dangerous to others."
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Update: Marine squad leader charged with 13 counts of murder; no charge of premeditated murder:



http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N21200494.htm

Update 2: More charges follow:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/12/21/iraq.haditha/


What does that last one mean? I'm guessing it's related to the killing of the people inside the house, but it's not clear to me what eactly the charge is.
I think it's basically the equivalent of second degree murder, although the last 6 are in a category that might be considered slightly below second degree murder - kind of second degree murder, but with extenuating circumstances.

The charges sound fair. The soldiers didn't plot to kill innocent civilians. The charges acknowledge that the murders occurred immediately after a stressful situation.


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