Rare Legal Forum To Explore Marine Incident In Afghanistan

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A defense attorney says evidence will show a Marine Corps patrol followed regulations in a shooting in which as many as 19 Afghan civilians died after a military convoy was rammed by a car bomb.

The special hearing starts today with administrative matters at Camp Lejeune. Testimony in the court of inquiry is scheduled to begin tomorrow to examine what happened when the Marine Special
Operations Command company was attacked March 4th. The court last
was used by the Marines in 1956.

A civilian lawyer representing Major Fred Galvin says members of the company will be called to testify and the results of a Naval Criminal Investigative Service report will be presented.

No one has been charged.