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June 27, 2013
Marine's Hamdaniya Iraq Murder Conviction Tossed
Gretel C. Kovach | UT San Diego |A major Iraq War crimes case
was upended Wednesday when the military’s highest court dismissed the
conviction of a former Camp Pendleton Marine accused of murdering an
unarmed man in Hamdaniya, Iraq, in 2006.
Lawrence Hutchins III was convicted in 2007 at general court martial by
a jury of his military peers. He is serving an 11-year sentence in the
brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled in Hutchins’ favor because
a confession obtained by naval investigators in Iraq violated his Fifth
Amendment rights, according to the opinion posted on the court’s
One judge also
criticized Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for making “disturbing and
inappropriate comments” to the media in 2009 during post-trial clemency
proceedings that created an “intolerable strain on public perception of
the military justice system.”
Those comments, however, were not the basis for the ruling because the court does not have jurisdiction over those proceedings.