Earlier this month, a new book was released about the Haditha case called "No Time for the Truth." The book was co-authored by Nat Helms and Haytham Faraj - both well-respected in journalism and defense circles. The book takes the perspective of Haytham as a member of the defense team in the Wuterich case.
Our firm was involved in the Haditha case. We represented LCpl Justin Sharratt. Chapter 3 of the new book is called "Sharratt's War." I'll leave the book reviews to the historians and critics.
Mr. Myers is quoted in the book saying "he never understood why investigators who descended on Haditha in February 2006 didn't 'examine the linkage' between al-Qaeda, the local insurgency, and the events at Haditha..."
This case was a major part of my life for several years - as it was for many attorneys involved in the case. The book marks a nice occasion to dust off a report that I largely prepared for the Investigating Officer in our case. When the investigation first kicked off, the Sharratt family was quick to retain the firm as Mr. Myers had been involved in the My Lai case years before.
I was fresh off active duty as an enlisted Marine. I was sent out to Camp Pendleton to interview the Haditha Marines - in some cases before even NCIS had spoken to them. The case really taught me the importance of investigation early in a case. As defense attorneys we can't always preserve a crime scene, but we can preserve memories. The earlier we get to witnesses, the more favorably the case is usually resolved. My other task, was to track down the prosecutors from the My Lai case to find the record of trial. F. Lee Bailey had really argued for justifiable homicide in My Lai and we wanted the transcripts.
The report below, is a document we prepared for the Investigating Officer. It was admitted into evidence at the hearing.
Hard to believe it's been nearly 10 years since we became involved in that case.