More Marines Charged In Taliban Urination Case

Two more Marines have been charged after a video surfaced last year that showed Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters.

The Marine Corps says Captain James Clement and Sgt. Robert Richards were both charged with alleged misconduct.

Two other Marines entered guilty pleas in the case and received minimal sentences. Last month, Staff Sgt. Edward Deptola was demoted by one rank as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

Sergeant Richards was charged with dereliction of duty, violation of a lawful general order, and conduct prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the armed forces. The alleged misconduct centers around Richards taking improper photographs of human casualties, including a video recording of him and other Marines urinating on human casualties; the indiscriminate firing of weapons; failure to properly supervise fellow Marines, and failure to report misconduct.

Captain Clement was charged with dereliction of duty, violation of a lawful general order, and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman for failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to stop the misconduct of junior Marines, and failing to report misconduct. Clement was also charged with making false statements to a Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigator.

Richards is stationed at Camp Lejeune, while Clement is currently at Quantico.

Charges against Clement and Richards were forwarded to an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury. No dates have been announced for those hearings.


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