Friday, May 13, 2005

Pantano Nightmare May Be Over At Last

The Washington Times reports that the officer serving as de facto grand jury in the case of Marine Second Lieutenant Ilario Pantano, accused of pre-meditated murder in the deaths of two Iraqi insurgents, has recommended that the charges against Pantano be dropped:
An investigating officer has recommended that the Marine Corps drop murder charges against 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano, who shot to death two Iraqi insurgents a year ago during a raid on an insurgent hideout in the "Triangle of Death."
Col. Winn had this to say about the prosecution's chief witness:
"I think now [Sgt. Coburn] is in a position where he has told his story so many times, in so many versions that he cannot keep his facts straight anymore."
If the charges are dropped, as recommended, a new investigation should begin into how this Marine ended up fighting for his life in court based on such slipshod evidence.

Via The Jawa Report.