Skip to comments.Judge orders release of Navy SEAL accused of war crimes pending trial
Posted on 05/31/2019 7:24:16 AM PDT by jazusamo
Full title: Lawyers defending accused SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher alleged prosecutors spied on them, and at least one reporter, via software attached to emails.
A San Diego-based Navy SEAL charged with war crimes including premeditated murder was ordered released from pretrial restriction at Navy Base San Diego Thursday because the judge said prosecutors interfered with his defense counsel and caused delays in his trial.
The delays are due to a Navy Criminal Investigative Service investigation into media leaks in the case. The judge said the release was a partial remedy.
According to court testimony, Cmdr. Chris Czaplak, the Navys lead prosecutor, sent tracking software in emails to the SEALs defense lawyers and to at least one reporter covering the case. Czaplak was trying to find the source of leaked documents, which violated a court order.
Defense attorneys said prosecutors were spying on them and their client via email.
The defendant, Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward R. Gallagher, is charged with killing a teenage ISIS combatant in Iraq in 2017 after the fighter was brought to the SEALs compound for medical treatment.
His defense attorneys have given a list of questions to Czaplak, which he may have to answer on the stand and under oath Friday.
The big problem here is the prosecution cheated, Parlatore said Thursday. When they got caught, they lied. Im going to ask for (Czaplak) to get on the stand. If hes smart, he probably will take the Fifth (Amendment).
The Fifth Amendment says people cannot be forced to be a witness against themselves or to incriminate themselves in court.
Parlatore said the email tracking amounts to spying on U.S. citizens, a felony. Navy experts disagreed, saying the software was a law enforcement tool in a criminal investigation and was therefore legal.
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Not under these circumstances.
saying the software was a law enforcement tool in a criminal investigation and was therefore legal.
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Yeah, and so is lying to the defendant during interrogation, etc.
‘A Law Enforcement Tool’, have to remember that.
Sending the bug to the lawyers ought to be a hanging offense. We Americans have always thought that we were guaranteed privacy w/lawyers but the DS has turned that on its head.
I agree and we know the prosecution team knows it, this is blatant prosecutor misconduct and the judge knows it.
According to court testimony, Cmdr. Chris Czaplak, the Navys lead prosecutor, sent tracking software in emails to the SEALs defense lawyers and to at least one reporter covering the case.
Im not a legal expert, it Im guessing this is a criminal act on several levels.
I know this is a Military Tribunal, but they are still Judges. Why in the hell aren’t “Officers of the Court” Immediately Remanded and Criminally Charged for LYING and Committing FELONIES??
This is Rampant all across this Country and it should be an Automatic FELONY and Severe JAIL time for ANY Officer of the Court to LIE or CHEAT in any way.
So you want the lawyers to write and pass laws that punish the stock and trade? Good luck with that.
I have a hunch this may not be over yet, the trial continues today and in the article it implies the defense will request dismissal of all charges today.
We'll soon see.
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Gee....sounds like FBI tactics!
You want the truth?
YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH!
But we can, cause we recorded your private attorney client conversation when you opened that email we sent you, which contained a bug/recording program!
Its for the good of the people, doncha know!!!
What happened to the rule of law?
A Law Enforcement Tool, have to remember that.
A leather slap jack with 4 ounces of lead was also a very effective law enforcement tool. Cant use that anymore.
A Law Enforcement Tool, have to remember that.
It’s the Obozo way. Weaponize the intel and LE community and then call your actions ‘legal.’ Comey claims it was legal cause it was court authorized surveillance not spying. What he doesn’t say is that they lied to the court to get the order or warrant and then they pretend it’s all ‘legal.’
I am thinking that the UCMJ might require that if a search/siezure event was desired by military investigations on property or persons outside the military’s jurisdiction, that court cases have found a warrant from the pertinent (pertinent to where the action was to take place) civil court would be necessary, and if not obtained would amount to an illegal search/siezure. If the search/siezure was entirely within the physical and peron confines of a military jurisdiction, a warrant may not be needed. I think.
An absolute disgrace.
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