The lawyer representing Frank D. Wuterich, who is under investigation in the Haditha killings, earlier said he had plans to call the Democratic congressman as a trial witness, if his client is charged in the case.
The case has been handed over the the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and is still under review. The NCIS is expected to finish its probe by August, at which time Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, who commands the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Pendleton, will decide whether to bring charges that could include murder.
Attorneys for Wuterich have now filed a lawsuit that claims Murtha tarnished the Marine’s reputation by telling news organizations Wuterich’s 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. (a charge that has proven to be false)
The suit also accuses Murtha of spreading “false and malicious lies” about Wuterich and his squad that were “intended to serve his own private purpose and interests.”
Say what you will about the validity of the suit but Wuterich’s lawyers sure have pegged Murtha for what he is. A self-serving, disingenuous buffoon who cares little about the Service he once served in.
I suspect this suit may be more about Murtha’s sources than what Rep[rehensible]Murtha may have 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 told the Post. “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.”
Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t be cheering on a lawyer, a profession I usually hang the shyster tag on, But I’ll make an exception in this case.
Hang Murtha out to dry. And find those leaks!