Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) may experience a brief, long-overdue spasm of accountability.
During a press conference in 2006, Rep. Murtha accused eight U.S. Marines of murder committed during a firefight in Haditha following an IED explosion. No trials or even official investigation had yet taken place; Murtha drew his conclusions in part from a sensational article in TIME magazine:
“[T]here was no firefight, there was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.”
More than two years later, however, Murtha’s mouth may be catching up with him. Now that nearly all of the accused Marines have been either granted dismissals or acquitted, one of the exonerated Marines, LCpl. Justin Sharratt, has filed suit against Murtha for slander, and the suit is going forward.
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