Marine Sues Congressman for Slander Over Haditha Comments
Thursday, September 25, 2008
June 17: Marine Corps Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, left, arrives with wife Alissa Chessani for his hearing at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego County.
PITTSBURGH — A former U.S. Marine sued a congressman for slander on Thursday, saying he damaged his reputation by saying he and his comrades killed women and children "in cold blood" in Haditha, Iraq, in November 2005.
Former Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt filed the federal lawsuit against Rep. John Murtha in Pittsburgh. Sharratt claims the comments by the high-ranking Pennsylvania Democrat made on news shows in May 2006 also violated his constitutional rights to due process and presumption of innocence.
Sharratt, 24, was initially charged with three counts of premeditated murder but was exonerated after a full investigation a
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