The court agreed with a military judge at Camp Pendleton who ruled in June that there was the appearance of "unlawful command influence" in the matter because a Marine lawyer who investigated the case had sat in on meetings where it was discussed with the general who later decided to charge Chessani and seven other Marines..." (source)
Read the Judge's decision here
A military investigation of the Nov. 19, 2005, Haditha firefight, however, found "no indication" that the Marines had "intentionally targeted, engaged and killed noncombatants." (source)
Just for the record, I'd like to once again object to the oft used phrase "Iraqi civilian deaths." ALL non-coalition deaths in Iraq are civilian deaths as we are fighting no proper army. This may seem like a small point...but in the face of "winning hearts and minds" here and abroad (and really just reporting a truthful, realistic view of what's going on), this phrase is somewhat misleading and detrimental.
And, if calling our Marines "cold blooded murderers" wasn't enough to keep this man from being re-elected (it wasn't btw), maybe the anger over the economy will:
"A Pennsylvania defense research center regularly consulted with two "handlers" close to Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) as it collected nearly $250 million in federal funding through the lawmaker, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post and sources familiar with the funding requests. The center then channeled a significant portion of the funding to companies that were among Murtha's campaign supporters. — Washington Post
...Aside from that, our "waiting for Rep. John Murtha to apologize" vigil continues...