Thursday, June 05, 2008
US Marine Acquited of all Charges in Haditha Killings
"Lieutenant Andrew Grayson, 27, was declared "not guilty on all charges" by a jury"
"Grayson was the first Marine to stand trial in connection with the killings of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, the most serious war crime allegations leveled at US forces since the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hussein."
"In a three-hour shooting spree, they say, the soldiers shot five passengers of an approaching taxi and killed 10 women and children at point blank range, among others."
On the other hand, the more important victims:
Animal Abuse Charges Filed
"Faribault County animal control officer Todd Heenan ... adds reports of animal abuse are taken seriously when they are received."We will prosecute. It's something that has to be dealt with. We don't take it lightly," says Heenan."
"The neglect of an animal resulting in death charge carries a maximum sentence of two years and a $5,000 fine. The other charges each has a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.In March, Richard Niebuhr of Wells was sentenced after video showed a dog on Larsen's property being shot at and injured. The dog recovered from the injuries. Niebuhr was sentenced to a year in jail, but only had to serve 30 days. He also was fined $1,000."