May 07, 2010
Shouldn’t have even seen the fluorescent lights of a Courts Martial
But at least the outcome is the right one… In my mind.
Jurors deliberated about an hour and 40 minutes before returning their verdict in the court-martial of Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe.
The 24-year-old Perrysburg, Ohio, man was tried at Naval Station Norfolk on accusations of assaulting Ahmed Hashim Abed, who is suspected of plotting the 2004 slayings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah.
The prosecution's key witness had testified he saw McCabe deliver a right cross to Abed's midsection. However, several defense witnesses contradicted portions of that testimony.
A Navy prosecutor said in closing arguments that SEALs were trying to protect one of their own.
"They circled the wagons," said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Grover. "They don't want Petty Officer McCabe to be held responsible for this."
A defense lawyer said he found that suggestion offensive.
“SEALS trying to protect their own…" You don’t think that’s because the NAVY and the Nation they’ve sworn service to was not… do you?
Hoooo Yaaaa snake eaters! As you all know, your enemies are not always in front of you.
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Now get JAG's out of the CIC's and back in the rear worrying about awol's and pot-heads.
Posted by: Ken | May 9, 2010 9:59:34 PM
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