Key Witness in Navy SEAL Case Stuns Court by Taking Blame

The twist illustrates the challenges of prosecuting war crimes cases.

  • Published 21 June 2019
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — When prosecutors called a special forces medic to testify, they expected him to bolster their case against a decorated Navy SEAL accused of stabbing an Islamic State fighter in his care. Corey Scott delivered in part, saying Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher unexpectedly plunged a knife into the adolescent detainee in 2017 after treating his wounds in Iraq. But the government was floored by what came next: Scott took the blame…

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