It appears as though efforts by some in the military and media to turn a tragedy into a crime are going to fail. Yesterday, Lt. Gen. James Mattis decided not to court-martial Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt and Capt. Randy W. Stone.
Sharratt was involved in a firefight with insurgents that tragically left some women and children dead. Stone was accused of failing to properly investigate the incident. You can read Mattis' statements on the two men's cases here.
James Culp and Gary Myers, two attorneys for Sharratt, said Mattis' decision did not surprise them.
“We thought it said two things. One is that Mattis gets it. He understands how difficult it is to make a decision that withstands 20/20 hindsight in the midst of combat,” Culp and Myers said in a joint statement. “Two, Mattis is interested in doing the right thing regardless of what is politically correct.”
These two are among the men that Rep. Jack Murtha slandered, accusing them of committing murder "in cold blood."
If you're interested, you can call Jack and ask him about his upcoming apology at: (814) 535-2642 or (202) 225-2065.
Murtha only wants his own constituents contacting him by e-mail, but you can get around this by using the ZIP code for his own district office that appears just to the right.