Scout Sniper’s Corpse Desecration Case Decision Overturned

first published on November 15, 2017 by

A military appeals court has overturned a decision that impacted a Marine Scout Sniper after evidence of unlawful command influence was released.

Five years ago, then Staff Sergeant Joseph Chamblin was sentenced to 30 days of confinement, reduction in rank to Sergeant, and had his pay-docked after a video surfaced of his scout sniper team standing over dead Taliban fighters urinating. This video not only ruined his reputation and career as a Marine, but impacted him further after he exited the United States Marine Corps with this gigantic black mark on his record.


His case however, has been overturned. After a military appeals court reviewed the case, they made the decision that the then Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Amos, worked with other members of his senior staff to severely and systematically work against the Marines having any chance of a fair trial. Even stating at one point that the Marines should be “crushed,” and discharged permanently from the Marine Corps.

The court of appeals has stated that now-retired General Amos committed an “unusual and flagrant exampleā€¯ of unlawful command influence in the infamous 2011 Taliban corpse desecration case. A lawyer, also working on the same case, stated that this might be the first time in history that a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been judged guilty of unlawful command influence.


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