Marines Face Court-Martial in Peeing Scandal

Two to stand trial for misconduct
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 24, 2012 2:29 PM CDT
This image made on Jan. 12, 2012 from undated video posted on YouTube shows men in US Marine combat gear, standing in a semi-circle over three bodies.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The Marine Corps says it will court-martial two non-commissioned officers for allegedly urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters last year in Afghanistan and posing for unofficial photos with casualties. The charges are against Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin and Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola. They are based at Camp Lejeune, NC.

The two also were charged with other misconduct on the same day as the urination incident. That includes dereliction of duty by failing to properly supervise junior Marines and failing to stop and report misconduct of junior Marines. Three other Marines were given administrative punishments last month for their role in the urination incident. (Read more Marine Corps stories.)

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