Rebel Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller will plead guilty at his court-martial Thursday over the viral video he posted attacking the botched US pullout from Afghanistan, his legal professional has mentioned.
“This case began with a call for accountability and Lt. Col. Scheller will demonstrate to senior leadership how to accept accountability for his own actions,” legal professional Tim Parlatore told The Hill.
In the video posted to Facebook, Scheller — who was sporting his uniform — tore into navy management following the Aug. 26 ISIS-Ok suicide bombing at Kabul’s airport.
The blast killed 13 US service members, together with 11 Marines.
“People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up,’” he mentioned within the searing monologue.
After the clip went viral, Scheller was despatched to a navy jail after which hit with a slew of fees, together with contempt towards officers, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, failure to obey lawful common orders and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.
The Marine will plead guilty at his court-martial Thursday as a result of it could “make him a hypocrite” if he didn’t after his name for accountability, Parlatore additionally told the Washington Post.
“Our hope is for him to get a letter of reprimand, and no more,” Parlatore mentioned as he sought a deal that might keep away from jail time and safe a discharge below honorable circumstances.
Scheller already suffered a “totally excessive and unnecessary” week within the brig — and his preliminary complaints have been fully brushed apart, his lawyer mentioned.
“The real big question that remains is whether all the very important messages that he brought out will be adopted,” Parlatore informed The Hill.
“Because … nobody is saying that he said anything that was untrue,” Parlatore pressured, with the one criticism being that he shouldn’t have gone public along with his on-line rant.
Scheller, a 17-year infantry officer who served in each Iraq and Afghanistan, had conceded in his video that he “had a lot to lose.”
He is scheduled to seem in courtroom on Thursday at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.