The Madeleine Brand Show for January 25, 2012

No jail time for the 8 U.S. Marines involved in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians

Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich (R) walks into

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Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich (R) walks into court with his defense attorney Neal Puckette during opening statements in the Haditha murders trial at Camp Pendleton on Jan., 9, 2012 in Oceanside, Calif. Staff Sgt. Wuterich was not sentenced with any jail time after orginally facing a possible life sentence.

The biggest war crimes trial to come out of the Iraq War has ended with no jail time for any of the 8 U.S. Marines involved. The case focused on an incident from 2005 in Haditha, where 24 Iraqi civilians were killed.

Some of the victims were women and children. Yesterday, at Camp Pendleton, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich was on trial for his involvement. Although he originally faced manslaughter charges and a possible life sentence, the military judge ruled that Wuterich would not serve time in jail.

Wuterich plead guilty to a reduced charge of negligent dereliction of duty.


David Glazier, a professor at Loyola Law school specializing in war law

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