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General Denies Clemency Of Marine Suffering From PTSD

The Marine Corps has denied clemency to a Camp Lejeune Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, despite pleas from his Navy doctor to release him because confinement aggravates his mental condition.

Pvt. Jonathan A. Phillips pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an Iraqi policeman in Saqlawiyah, Iraq, in 2007. Before the shooting, Phillips was sent for psychiatric evaluations three times, and his military doctors
say he suffers from PTSD.

Brig. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, assistant division commander for the 2nd Marine Division, denied clemency in June, ruling that Phillips was receiving quality mental health care in the brig.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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