Purple Heart guardsman charged with murder of Iraqi civilian

[JURIST] The US Army announced Tuesday that Corporal Dustin Berg, a soldier in the Indiana National Guard [official website] awarded the Purple Heart [veterans website] for injuries sustained in Iraq, has been charged in the murder of an Iraqi civilian. Berg was charged for the murder in late January, and is also facing charges of false swearing and the wearing of an unauthorized award. The Army would not release any details about his citation for the Purple Heart. Berg faces an Article 32 hearing [official UCMJ text] Thursday to determine if a court martial is warranted. The Indianapolis Star has local coverage.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.