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Military judge sheds light on “exceptional” Marine who blasted military brass for botched Afghan withdrawal


A military judge slapped the Navy on the wrist who spoke out against the military leaders’ handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying he did not tolerate what Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. had done , but cited his “exceptional record”.

Scheller got a month-long $ 5,000 confiscation and letter of reprimand, far less than prosecutors were looking for, after pleading guilty to six counts of misdemeanor at his court martial. The charges included willful disobedience to a senior officer, dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman.

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Marine Corps Judge Col. Glen Hines said he had considered giving Scheller two months’ lump sum salary, but decided not to do so after reviewing the nine days that Scheller had remanded in custody before his lawyers and the military agreed to his release, according to Fox News. The judge also noted his positive military record, but said he did not approve of Scheller’s remarks.

Scheller, a 17-year-old infantry officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, gained notoriety for criticizing military leaders for carrying out the Afghan withdrawal, posting the first of his viral videos the day after an ISIS-K terrorist detonated a suicide vest outside at Kabul airport and killed 13 US servicemen and approximately 170 Afghan allies.

“The reason people are so upset on social media right now isn’t because the Marine on the battlefield let someone down,” Scheller said in the first of his videos in August. “People are upset because their top leadership let them down. And none of them raise their hands and accept accountability or say, “We messed it up. “

The lawsuit recommended that Scheller waive $ 5,000 of salary for six months and a letter of reprimand, while the maximum penalty was a forfeiture of two-thirds of pay for up to one year and a letter of reprimand.

He was charged with the following under the regulations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice: section 88, contempt of public servants; Article 89, lack of respect for senior officers; Article 90, willfully disobeying a superior officer; Article 92, failure to exercise his functions; Article 92, non-compliance with an order or a regulation; and section 133, conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman.

Scheller will likely receive an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable terms, as per the plea agreement, according to CNN.

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Since his first video, Scheller has developed a fan base among conservatives and others who agreed with his criticisms of military leaders and expressed support for him throughout the military justice process. More than two dozen GOP lawmakers sent a letter calling for his release, and Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Louie Gohmert spoke at his hearing on Thursday.

The Pipe Hitter Foundation, an organization created by Eddie Gallagher, the Navy SEAL pardoned by former President Donald Trump after being convicted of a war crime, has raised more than $ 2.5 million on Scheller’s behalf.

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Original author: Michel Brest

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