CNSNews’ continuing out in front coverageof the three Navy SEALs’ courts-martial continues, see latest here. Today’s story reveals that,
A military judge moved the trials of Keefe and Huertas to Camp Victory in Baghdad, a military base in Iraq, after defense attorneys asked that their clients be able to face their accusers. McCabe’s attorney, Neal Puckett, did not request that his client be able to face his accuser, thus McCabe’s trial will proceed in Norfolk, Va.
There is an event on Capitol Hill tonight in support of the SEALs, who reportedly have gathered 160,000 signatures on a petition asking for dismissal of the charges. The event will include Reps. Burton and Rohrabacher SO2 McCabe, his attorney Neal Puckett, and “retired Navy SEAL Capt. Larry Bailey.” CNSNews reports that the petitions will be sent to SecDef Gates and the convening authority, SOCCENT Commander, Maj. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland.
No news on whether the trial of SO2 McCabe actually begins on Monday. The Navy Region Mid-Atlantic docket still shows 2 cases (an E-5, presumably McCabe, and an E-6, presumably Huertas) set for separate Art. 39a motion hearings on Monday, March 6 in scenic Courtroom 1 at Naval Station Norfolk. So are they doing all the pre-trial work in Norfolk and just doing the trial in Iraq?