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February 15, 2005

The case of Ilario Pantano

More information is surfacing regarding the murder charges against the Marine in Iraq. From WorldNetDaily:

[Pantano's attorney Charles] Gittins, a Marine reserve, questions the thoroughness of the investigation that led to the charges, asserting that while his client has a track record of outstanding character and credibility, the accuser is suspect.

"There's reason to believe he might not be a big fan of Lt. Pantano," Gittins said.

He described the accuser as a sergeant who holds the position of radio man, a non-leadership position that indicates he's been put in a place where he can do the least harm.

"No one actually went and looked at the lack-of-credibility issues," he said. "There is no evidence of any investigation."

More coverage: Michelle Malkin, PowerLine

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 15, 2005 09:19 AM

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This whole witch hunt is an outrage.

Posted by: Donna at February 15, 2005 02:33 PM

Here's my post on Lt. Pantano:

http://ridingsun.blogspot.com/2005/02/marine-deserves-medal-gets-murder.html

Her site is down, but does anyone know if his mom is taking Paypal donations for his legal defense or anything along those lines?

Posted by: GaijinBiker at February 15, 2005 08:53 PM

Sean Hannity of FOX NEWS' "Hannity and Colmes" interviewed (02-15-05) a soldier regarding these charges against Lt. Pantano.

A.) The Marines were responding to "specific" intelligence about the location.

B.) The Lt. ordered the two insurgents, "in Arabic", to stop. (There seem to be two versions; One has them running toward the Marine the other version has them running away. The key is that their running NOT STOPPING.)

C.) It may sound like an old line but these charges arose from a specific allegation by another soldier who may have been "disgruntled."

This was the second night that the story was covered on Hannity and Colmes.

Posted by: JP at February 15, 2005 09:51 PM

RE: Pantano
" According to written charges, Pantano ordered other troops to remove the suspects' handcuffs and look away, then shot the pair in the back, vandalized their vehicle and hung the sign."

Yeah, he sounds like an innocent man, for sure.

Posted by: KC Hunsaker at April 26, 2005 08:18 PM

WOW!!!! I just heard about this today on Good Morning America! What I don't understand is how someone can be exonerated at the time of the incident but, yet a year later it comes back to haunt him. This is an outrage!!! This is his reward for taking a break from his "perfect" life outside of the military to serve his country?!

Posted by: Sheila at April 26, 2005 08:24 PM

" According to written charges, Pantano ordered other troops to remove the suspects' handcuffs and look away, then shot the pair in the back, vandalized their vehicle and hung the sign."

Yeah, he sounds like an innocent man, for sure.

Those charges would be the ones made by one person, someone with a grudge against Lt. Pantano.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at April 27, 2005 11:54 AM

I have lost all faith in the usmc when they don't have the GUTS to stand behind this OUTSTANDING MARINE. retired Lt. usmcr pr

Posted by: paul at April 28, 2005 06:58 PM

Why did he uncuff the suspects? If he had not done so he wouldn't be in this mess.

He was a man on a mission.

Posted by: Jane Howard at April 29, 2005 04:01 AM

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