Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Murtha's Mouth Earns Defamation Suit From Marine

From the Washington Post:
A Marine Corps staff sergeant who led the squad accused of killing two dozen civilians in Haditha, Iraq, will file a lawsuit today in federal court in Washington claiming that Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) defamed him when the congressman made public comments about the incident earlier this year.

Attorneys for Frank D. Wuterich, 26, argue in court papers that Murtha tarnished the Marine's reputation by telling news organizations in May that the Marine unit cracked after a roadside bomb killed one of its members and that the troops "killed innocent civilians in cold blood." Murtha also said repeatedly that the incident was covered up.
Perhaps Murtha thought that, as the Old Media have already tried and convicted the accused Marines, he could get away with the vilest slander he chose in order to further his political goals.

One of Wuterich's attorneys, Mark S. Zaid, said:
"This case is not about money; it's about clearing Frank Wuterich's name, and part of that is to identify where these leaks are coming from," Zaid said in an interview. "Congressman Murtha has created this atmosphere that has already concluded guilt. He's created this environment that really smells, and he's the only one who has done that."
Cross-posted at The Jawa Report.