Personally, I believe Sgt. Wuterich has a good case. Though under investigation, he has not been found guilty and Congressman Murtha's statement is inflamatory and puts pressure any any jurist to go along. I do believe that a court martial board will be fair. I can see where any conviction could be challenged. Sometimes you just gotta keep your mouth shut Congressionman. Opinions don't count in situations like this.
Here's the link for those that want to read it: http://articles.news.aol.com/news/_a/marine-in-haditha-case-accuses-lawmaker/20060802032309990001
Updated: 12:25 PM EDT
Marine in Haditha Case Accuses Lawmaker of Defamation
WASHINGTON (Aug. 1) - A Marine Corps sergeant under investigation in connection with the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha is accusing Rep. John P. Murtha of defaming him in public comments about the case.
Lawyers for Frank D. Wuterich, 26, argue in a suit to be filed Wednesday in federal court that Murtha falsely accused Wuterich "of cold-blooded murder and war crimes."
The suit maintains that Pentagon officials "who have briefed or leaked information to Mr. Murtha deliberately provided him with inaccurate and false information" and that the congressman subsequently "has made repeated statements .... that are defamatory" to Wuterich and his fellow Marines.
The suit accuses Murtha of spreading "false and malicious lies" about Wuterich and his squad that were "intended to serve his own private purpose and interests" and that Murtha's comments "have been reproduced by countless third parties throughout the world."
It says many of Murtha's remarks were made outside his "scope of employment as a congressman." Murtha, a former Marine, has been a leading proponent of withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq.
The planned court filing was first reported late Tuesday on The Washington Post's Internet site.
Wuterich's lawyers, Neal A. Puckett and Mark S. Zaid, subsequently provided a copy of the suit to The Associated Press early Wednesday and announced plans for a news conference outside the courthouse where they planned to file the suit.
The claim for libel and invasion of privacy seeks damages to be determined, but not less than $75,000.
"This case is not about money; it's about clearing Frank Wuterich's name, and part of that is to identify where these leaks are coming from," Zaid told the Post. "Congressman Murtha has created this atmosphere that has already concluded guilt. He's created this environment that really smells, and he's the only one who has done that."
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