Thursday, April 23, 2009

Court Says Marine Can’t Sue Murtha

WASHINGTON - A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Marine cannot sue a U.S. lawmaker for defamation after the congressman accused his squad of war crimes and murdering Iraqi women and children.

Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich claimed Rep. John Murtha damaged his reputation by saying the squad he was leading killed women and children "in cold blood" in Haditha, Iraq, on Nov. 19, 2005. Wuterich is charged with nine counts of voluntary manslaughter and other allegations for the attack.

Murtha and the Justice Department argued the congressman has immunity from the lawsuit because he was acting in his official role as a lawmaker when he made the comments to reporters. A three-judge panel on U.S. Court of Appeals agreed."

So there you have it. As long as "men" like Martha remain elected representatives they can say pretty much what they want, regardless of their utterance's proximity to truthfulness.

Now, I know that we all EXPECT politicians to lie, but having the courts blessing is a little too much, ya think?

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