Was the Marine Corps commandant unlawfully influencing court martials?

Stars and Stripes

By Chris Carroll

October 25, 2013

Marine Corps commandant accused of asserting unlawful influence

A group of 27 retired and former Marine Corps and Navy judge advocates and officers are asking Congress to investigate allegations that Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos used his power to improperly influence legal proceedings following a scandal that arose after a group of Marines was filmed urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2011.

According to the letter, which was earlier this week in the Marine Corps Times, Amos and one or more senior legal advisers denied Marines due process, made misleading statements under oath, and abused the legal discovery process. The co-signers said he also tried to “besmirch and disparage the reputation and career of the one Marine lawyer who, at great risk to his military career, did the right thing and reported all of this to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense.”

The letter was addressed to the chairmen of both the House and Senate armed services committees and includes signatures from attorneys for some of the troops Amos is alleged to have wronged.

The letter was accompanied by several supporting documents, including a sworn statement by Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, the convening authority originally in charge of the prosecution of a number of troops for the desecration of corpses and other offenses. In the statement, Waldhauser said Amos told him that because Waldhauser did not intend to court-martial all those involved, Amos could remove him as convening authority. Several days later, Waldhauser was removed…

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