According to a Los Angeles Times report available here, the Government has failed to compel five witnesses to testify during the retrial of Marine Sergeant Hutchins:
Dspite offers of immunity from prosecution, four ex-Marines and a former Navy corpsman have refused to testify against Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins in his retrial in the 2006 killing of an Iraqi.
The five — all of whom were convicted in the killing and served time in the brig — asserted their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination during the court martial last week at Camp Pendleton.
Undeterred, the Government presses on:
Over [the defense counsel’s] objection, the judge ruled that the prosecution could submit as evidence verbatim transcripts of the squad members’ previous testimony.