Here is a link to the AP report on military judge Lt. Col. David Jones’ ruling in the court-martial against SSgt Frank Wuterich at Camp Pendleton “on a defense motion claiming there was unlawful command influence while [the convening authority] considered a court-martial for Staff Sgt. . . .Wuterich.”  AP reports that, “The judge ruled there was no record of any ‘meaningful comment’ between the general and an aide who had investigated the case as a military lawyer.” 

See our prior coverage of the motion here and here.  No word when the next hearing is scheduled.  For those living in a hole for the last four years, SSGt Wuterich is the lone remaining accused in the Haditha related courts-martial.

One Response to “Wuterich UCI Motion Denied”

  1. Cloudesley Shovell says:

    “The purpose of military law is to promote justice, to assist in maintaining good order and discipline in the armed forces, to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the military establishment, and thereby to strengthen the national security of the United States.” MCM Part I, para. 3.

    A system that takes three years to wade through a UCI issue is not assisting the maintenance of good order and discipline. It certainly is not promoting the efficiency and effectiveness of the military establishment. It can, and should, do much better.

    This article says trial is set for September 13, 2010:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-marine-haditha27-2010mar27,0,896913.story