Haditha Marine's Hearing Called a Sham

Excerpt: Prosecutors in the case against a Marine officer facing charges for a fatal 2005 confrontation in the insurgent-held town of Haditha, Iraq, apparently are putting a lid on the defense's access to witnesses and evidence. Investigating Officer Col. Christopher Conlin earlier ordered the defendant, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, to go before a general court-martial on allegations that he didn't properly investigate or report the encounter that left 24 Iraqis, including 15 civilians, dead.

Chessani had been brought up on the military charges after Time magazine accused the Marines of "massacring" civilians in the Anbar Province firefight, and Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., later publicly accused the Marine officers of a "cover-up."

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