A military appeals court on Monday dismissed the conviction of a Marine colonel who had been found guilty of child sexual abuse in 2017.
Col. Daniel H. Wilson, who was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison and dismissal from the Marine Corps after being convicted in Sept. 2017, will now potentially face a re-sentencing hearing after the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals concluded that the charge of sexual abuse was "legally and factually insufficient," wrote senior judge Navy Cmdr. Angela J. Tang.
Two other appeals court judges concurred with the conclusion.
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Closing arguments were due in San Diego on Monday in the war crimes trial of a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL platoon leader charged with murdering a helpless Iraqi captive in his custody and shooting unarmed civilians.
The court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher neared the conclusion of its trial phase after a bumpy two weeks of testimony for Navy prosecutors in a case that has drawn the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.
Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.
The Department of Defense announced a two-day pause to court-martial and administrative separation proceedings involving the wrongful use of controlled substances, due to worries over the integrity of the lab tests involved — a move that could also cast a pall over past drug-related dismissals, Military Times reports.