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War crimes court-martial starts for SEALs; Navy’s top attorney accused of unlawful command influence | The San Diego Union-Tribune

War crimes court-martial starts for SEALs; Navy’s top attorney accused of unlawful command influence | The San Diego Union-Tribune

  • The court-martial trial of three SEALs accused of committing war crimes began with a flurry of motions Monday morning inside the courtroom of Naval Base San Diego.
  • Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr. and two Special Operator Chief Petty Officers ‚ÄĒ Xavier Silva and David N. Swarts ‚ÄĒ stand accused of abusing unknown male prisoners at Village Stability Platform Kalach in the Chora District of Afghanistan‚Äôs Uruzgan Province on May 31, 2012.
  • A trial for their commander, Navy Lt. Jason L. Webb, waits in the wings.

The Navy’s top attorney might have scuttled a war crimes case against three SEALs by unlawfully meddling behind the scenes to bring charges against them.

After a flurry of Monday motions in the courtroom of Navy Cmdr. Arthur Gaston, the military judge ruled that Vice Adm. James Crawford III ‚ÄĒ the Navy‚Äôs judge advocate general ‚ÄĒ appears to have exerted unlawful command influence in a case first brought to light by a 2015 story in The New York Times.

Source:¬†War crimes court-martial starts for SEALs; Navy’s top attorney accused of unlawful command influence | The San Diego Union-Tribune

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