November 21, 2006

Pendleton 8 - Marine Corps Buys Testimony and Withholds Pay

"Shocking updates in the Pendleton 8 case are breaking tonight. If this doesn’t show you the desperation in the government’s case, and the lengths they are willing to go to in order to break these men, I don’t know what will.

First of all, PFC John Jodka will be receiving a general discharge…under honorable conditions. The caveat is that he has to testify at each of the courts-martial scheduled for early next year. In other words, “If you testify against the four remaining men, we will give you a general discharge under honorable conditions.”

In related news, SGT Larry Hutchins, CPL Trent Thomas, and CPL Marshall Magincalda’s pay has stopped, and this has been confirmed by sources at Pendleton. Since all three men would have been out of the military by now had they not been charged in this case, the Marine Corps has decided to invoke a provision that allows them to get away with not paying any of the men a penny.

Two of them have a wife and little girl. All of them have astronomical defense bills, and that’s not counting their basic needs in the brig like soap and toothpaste. What, exactly, does the Marine Corps expect these men to do?"

Pendleton 8 Updates - Marine Corps Buys Testimony and Withholds Pay

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