SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher was acquitting of murdering a teenage Islamic State fighter who had surrendered and firing at civilians in Iraq in 2017. However, he was found guilty of posing with a dead body in a photo.
One of Gallagher’s attorneys turned to Facebook to crowdsource incidents of similar offenses, in a bid to have Gallagher’s sentence reduced. “Since Eddie Gallagher has a large number of supporters, I figured, ‘Why not?'” attorney Tim Parlatore told INSIDER.
Gallagher is currently sentenced to a reduction in rank, four months confinement, and two months’ pay docked.
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An attorney for Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher is seeking examples of US troops posing with dead bodies, which Gallagher was recently found guilty of at a trial, in a bid to reduce his punishment, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday.
Gallagher, whose case made national headlines, was accused by members of his SEAL team of killing a teenage Islamic State combatant and posing for a photograph with his corpse, and of firing at civilians in Iraq in 2017. He was acquitted of all charges by a court-martial, except for the photo offense.
Gallagher faced a life sentence for the murder charges. His sentence for the photo offense includes four months in prison, which he already served in pretrial confinement. He was docked two months pay, and the jury reduced his rank to an E-6, which will affect his pension.
But one of Gallagher’s attorneys, Tim Parlatore, aims to reduce Gallagher’s court-martial conviction by citing examples of others who have committed photo offenses and received nonjudicial punishments (NJP), a way for the military to discipline troops without resorting to a court-martial that typically comes with stiffer sentencing.
“Friends, I am looking for help in the next and (hopefully) final phase of the defense of Free Eddie Gallagher – Navy SEAL Chief,” Parlatore wrote on his Facebook page.
“As many of you know, he was acquitted of all serious charges, but convicted of being in a photo with a terrorist’s corpse — an offense usually handled at NJP/Captain’s Mast/Article 15. I am therefore petitioning the convening authority to disapprove this charge (and the associated reduction in rank) and instead impose NJP.”
Parlatore told The San Diego Times-Union that since none of the other SEALs who took photos with the Islamic State combatant’s body weren’t being …read more
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