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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Court-martial began for US Marine accused in Haditha killings
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On May 29, 2008, US Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson's court-martial began in connection with the November 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi citizens in Haditha, Iraq. Grayson was charged with multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including making a false official statement, obstructing justice, and dereliction of duty. Specifically, Grayson was accused of ordering a subordinate to delete photographic evidence of the civilian shootings. Grayson was eventually acquitted on all charges stemming from the incident. The leader of the squad implicated in the killings, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, is still awaiting trial on eight charges of manslaughter.

Learn more about the legal consequences of the Haditha killings from the JURIST news archive.

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