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Marine Ordered to Stand Trial For Killings in Fallujah

August 8, 2008

A Camp Pendleton Marine sergeant was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty in the killing of an unarmed detainee in Fallujah, Iraq.

Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland ordered the court-martial of Sgt. Ryan Weemer after finding there was sufficient evidence to send him to trial.

Weemer is one of three current and former Marines accused of breaking rules of engagement and killing four men they had captured after a platoon commander radioed to ask whether the Iraqis were “dead yet.”

A telephone message left by for Weemer’s attorney, Paul Hackett, was not immediately returned.

The killings happened in November 2004 during the invasion of Fallujah, one of the fiercest ground battles of the Iraq war.

The case came to light in 2006, when Weemer volunteered details to a U.S. Secret Service job interviewer during a polygraph screening that included a question about the most serious crime he had ever committed.

Weemer, of Hindsboro, Ill., is charged with one count of murder and six counts of dereliction of duty encompassing failure to follow the rules of engagement in Fallujah and failing to follow standard operating procedures for apprehending or treating detainees or civilian prisoners of war.

Helland’s decision to order the court-martial follows an Article 32 hearing, similar to an evidentiary hearing, where prosecutors argued that Weemer, a burly 25-year-old honored with a Purple Heart, should be tried for unpremeditated murder because he knew the rules of engagement forbade harming anyone in his custody.

During the hearing last month, prosecutors played a tape recording of the Secret Service interview where Weemer recounted arguing with his squadmates about what to do with the detainees – all military-age males captured in a house where weapons were also found. The squad was under pressure from the platoon to get moving.

Marine Corps spokesman Lt. Col. David Griesmer said Weemer next faces arraignment on the charges at Camp Pendleton. A date has not been set.

Weemer’s attorney has put much of the blame on Weemer’s former squad leader, saying Jose Nazario Jr. escalated the situation inside the house by beating one detainee with the butt of a rifle after the weapons cache was found.

Nazario, 27, of Riverside, Calif., has been charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the killing of two captives. The former sergeant is scheduled to be tried Aug. 19 in federal court because he has already completed his military service.

Another Marine, Sgt. Jermaine Nelson, 26, of New York, is slated to be court-martialed in December on charges of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty for his role in the alleged killings.

Article by Chelsea J. Carter

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CSI Star Pleaded Guilty to Cocaine and Exstacy Charges

May 29, 2008

Gary Dourdan was recently found asleep in his car in Palm Springs, CA. Soon after, narcotics were found in his vehicle. Although he claimed they were not his, he recently pleaded guilty to all the charges that were not dropped. The charge of possession of heroin was dropped, but not for the possession of exstacy or cocaine. His lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, says he is entering a treatment program, but the program is not technically rehab. Rather, he will spend 30 hours of classes that meet once a week. Having completed the program, his charges will be dismissed. At the time of this story, Dourdan had already enrolled, wasting no time at all.

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Harry Potter Actor’s Murderer Charged

May 27, 2008


The British police charged a 21 year old man accused of stabbing the British actor Rob Knox, whose next role was in the not yet released Harry Potter film. Rob Knox was attacked when he tried to protect his younger brother in a bar in south London Saturday night. The charges include injurying five other people. Here is a startling figure: violent stabbings in London are frequent, and this was the 14th teenager to die due to violent stabbings.

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Woman Gets 20 Years For Keeping Boy in Cage

May 23, 2008

Brenda Sullivan pleaded guilty in January to three counts of aggravated child abuse, and prosecutors agreed to drop lesser child neglect charges. She was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for keeping her 17-year-old adopted son caged in her home.

When child welfare workers found him in 2005, the teen weighed 49 pounds and was in what appeared to be a cage. Sullivan told a judge at the time that Ohio authorities told her to keep the boy in a crib, because he had severe mental and physical issues.

“There’s only one conclusion when you look at the medical evidence in this case, and that is that she literally starved him,” prosecutor Julie Schlax said.

The two other children in the house, 13-year-old twins the Sullivans adopted as infants, both testified they were kept in similar cages.

Sullivan’s husband was also arrested, but died in January 2007 before he could go to trial.
Sullivan’s lawyer, Charles Fletcher, said he didn’t think prison was the appropriate sentence because she does not pose a threat to society, and thus would appeal the sentence.

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Argentinian House Of Horrors Father Sentenced 16 Years

May 22, 2008


Apparently, the Austrian House of Horrors was NOT one-of-a-kind. In Argentina, a 73-year-old man fathered two children with his young daughter and kept her as his sexual prisoner. He was just sentenced to serve 16 years in prison himself.

Prosecutor Sergio Antin said the case of Eleuterio Soria had similarities to that of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man arrested last month for locking his daughter in a basement for 24 years. “If we’re talking about sexual subjugation, and we take into account that the victim did not leave the house, yes, there are similarities”.

The trial revealed that the abuse of his daughter began in 1992, when she was only 12 years old. The following year, after becoming pregnant by her father, her mother left their home in La Matanza, a working-class Buenos Aires neighborhood. The family’s remaining five children eventually left, too.

The daughter, whose name was not released, had a second child by her father in 1997. Unlike Fritzl, Soria used psychological domination rather than physical restraints to keep her in the housem including but not limited to threatening her babies at gun point. This was the only thing that would bring her back on the occasions she feld the home.

Her final escape came in 2003, which was followed by her denouncing her father to authorities.

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Cop Sentenced To Prison For Killing Old Lady in Raid

May 22, 2008

Apparently, an effort at fairness, justice, and responsibility has been made in the trial of a police office, Arthur Tesler. The Atlanta police officer has been sentenced to 4 years and six months in prison, six months of probation, and 450 hours of community service for lying to investigators after a drug raid ended in the death of a 92-year-old woman.

Kathryn Johnston died in a storm of bullets when raiding narcotics officers burst into her northwest Atlanta home on November 21, 2006, using a special no-knock warrant to search for drugs. Perhaps, this will serve as a reason to adjust this policy.

Tesler was convicted Tuesday of making false statements and was the only officer to go to trial.

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