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Great news, Chessani charges dropped

Discussion in 'The US Marine Corps Forum' started by herose, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. herose

    herose

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    Military judge dismisses charges in Haditha case 6/17/2008 12:50:00 PM
    Associated Press/AP Online

    By CHELSEA J. CARTER
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A military judge has dismissed charges against a Marine officer accused of failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqis.

    Col. Steven Folsom dismissed charges Tuesday against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani after defense attorneys raised concerns that a four-star general overseeing the prosecution was improperly influenced by an investigator probing the November 2005 shootings by a Marine squad in Haditha.

    The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be refiled, but Folsom excluded Marine Forces Central Command from future involvement.

    Chessani was the highest-ranking officer implicated in the case.