Military Court Overturns Murder Conviction of Marine

Military Court Overturns Murder Conviction of Marine

The Associated Press reports that the conviction of Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III was thrown out on June 26 by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Hutchins “led an eight man squad accused of kidnapping a retired Iraqi policeman from his home in April 2006, marching him to a ditch and shooting him to death in Hamdania.”

However, the judges on the court agreed with Hutchins’ claim that “his constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for seven days during his interrogation.” 

The other Marines each served less than 18 months apiece.

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