MARINE SUES CONGRESSMAN JOHN MURTHA
FOR SLANDER AND DEFAMATION - HOG-JOWLED
"KING OF PORK" HAS NO COMMENT - FORMER
L/CPL JUSTIN SHARRATT SAYS HIS REPUTATION
BADLY DAMAGED BY MURTHA SLUR HE KILLED
IRAQI CIVILIANS "IN COLD BLOOD" - 24 YEAR-OLD
GRUNT FULLY EXONERATED AFTER INVESTIGATION
RETIRED ARMY LTC BILL RUSSELL RUNS AGAINST
MURTHA IN PENNSYLVANIA's 12th DISTRICT
Justin Sharratt is fighting mad.
The former Marine lance corporal, who served bravely in Iraq, has filed a slander and defamation lawsuit against hog-jowled Congressman John Murtha of the 12th Congressional District in Pennsylvania.
The veteran lawmaker, who is running for re-election to his 18th consecutive term in the United States House of Representatives, has enraged the Corps with his "run off at the mouth" remarks about Marines killing Iraqi civilians "in cold blood."
Sharratt was one of those Marines smeared by "Big-mouth Murtha" (see our related stories box below), along with other fellow Grunts, as "cold-blooded killers" when news first broke of several Marines being involved in controversial killings during a military patrol near Hadithah.
MURTHA "RUNS OFF AT THE MOUTH" AND FALSELY ACCUSES
BRAVE MARINES OF MURDER
During the Nov. 19, 2005 incident, some 24 Iraqis, including some women and children, were killed after one Marine died and another was wounded in a roadside bombing.
To hear Murtha tell it, the Marines had gone berserk after their comrade was killed and took out their wrath on "innocent civilians" in a nearby house beside the highway.
An ex-Marine colonel in Vietnam, "in the rear with the gear" Murtha told CNN, NBC and other left-wing news media outlets that the Marines had "over-reacted" and slain the Iraqis in a fit of rage.
He was wrong.
SHARRATT FULLY EXONERATED, BUT SLURS ON HIS REPUTATION REMAIN
L/Cpl Sharratt had been initially charged with three counts of premeditated murder, however he was exonerated after a full investigation. Investigators discovered Sharratt had killed three insurgents, not civilians. As a result of him being cleared of all charges, the Canonsburg, Pa. man was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps.
But terrible damage had already been done. In his lawsuit, the 24 year-old ex-Marine described incidents where he received hate mail and was cursed as a "baby-killer" by ignorant citizens fired up by Murtha's inflammatory remarks.
Sharratt's not the first Marine to file suit against Murtha. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich sued the congressman for defamation in 2006. That case is still pending in the courts.
MURTHA IN TIGHT RACE AGAINST IRAQ WAR VETERAN
RETIRED LTC BILL RUSSELL
Murtha, despite the active opposition of numerous veterans groups in his district, is confident he will be re-elected with Barack Hussein Obama heading the Democratic ticket. A large number of "earmarks" and pork have been shoveled into the 12th District over the years, and Murtha thinks his constituents will overlook his abuse of the Marines and grandstand call for "immediate withdrawal" (waving the white flag) from Iraq. That took place before the "surge" and a tremendous decrease in violence there.
Asked if he had any comment on the second case of a Marine suing him for slander, Murtha had "no comment," according to one of his staff members.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: We often give the Republicans hell on these pages, especially our idiot President George Bush and his war profiteer veep Dick "five deferments from military service" Cheney. However, there's a retired Army lieutenant colonel named Bill Russell, a member of the GOP, who's running against "Big Mouth Murtha" and just might pull an upset against all odds.
Russell is waging a surprisingly aggressive battle and has been gaining steady ground on his pudgy opponent. We urge our readers who love justice and the United States Marine Corps to take out their wallets and make a generous donation to Russell's campaign. You can find his home page on the Internet at russellbrigade.com. If you can volunteer, call Peg Luksik at (814) 525-9171. Thank you.]