Haditha Hearing: Lawyer Liable?

To exonerate himself and his military career, Marine lawyer Captain Randy Stone told an investigating officer at a Camp Pendleton, Calif., hearing that he did not investigate the alleged Marine killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, a story broken by TIME, because he believed that the troops had engaged in lawful combat. During earlier testimony, a Marine who had interviewed Stone, Colonel John Ewers, lambasted the lawyer's failure to look into the killings but said those actions were not criminal. The investigating officer will now decide if Stone should face a full trial.

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