Published September 08, 2013
The Marine Corps has dropped charges against a captain who was implicated in a video that showed four Marines urinating on dead Taliban members in Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck, who heads Marine Corps Combat Development Command, filed a court paper on Friday that withdrew the dereliction of duty charges against Capt. James V. Clement.
Clement was accused of not properly supervising the Marines who urinated on the corpses in 2011, but Glueck’s order did not explain why the case was being dropped, The Washington Times reports.
Instead, Glueck ordered that Clement face an administrative board of inquiry, which will determine if he will be retained or separated from the Marine Corps over less than honorable conditions for the alleged misconduct.
Clement’s attorneys had earlier won a judge’s order for two attorneys to testify in court over accusations that senior Marine commanders had interfered in the case proceedings, The Washington Times reports. That hearing, which was scheduled for Wednesday, will no longer take place.