Politicians are sometimes accused of not being completely truthful. Some might say a recent court ruling is giving them license to say whatever they want.
Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich claimed Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha damaged his reputation by saying the squad he was leading in Iraq engaged in "cold-blooded murder and war crimes." So Wuterich filed a lawsuit against the congressman.
A Federal appeals court has now ruled in Murtha's favor. But the court's ruling isn't based on whether Murtha did or didn't damage the reputation of Wuterich and other Marines when he accused them of murdering Iraqi civilians "in cold blood" during an attack in Haditha in 2005.
The judges agreed with Murtha that he was immune from the lawsuit because he was acting in his official role as a lawmaker
when he made the comments to reporters.
Wait a minute. Are the judges saying that as long as your a politician you can say whatever you want, whether it's truthful or not, because it is within "their official role as a lawmaker." One could interpret the ruling to mean part of the role of a politician is to not tell the truth.
Wuterich is accused of ordering his men to clear several houses with grenades and gunfire, leading to the civilian deaths. He has pleaded not guilty. It seems some, who should know better, aren't waiting for a trial to pass judgment!
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