Jury: Navy SEAL Not Guilty

Posted: May 06, 2010 6:49 PM
A military jury in Virginia has found naval officer Matthew McCabe not guilty on charges of punching a suspected Iraqi terrorist. Details from WaPo:

Jurors deliberated about an hour and 40 minutes before returning their verdict Thursday in the court-martial of Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe.

The 24-year-old Perrysburg, Ohio, man was tried at Naval Station Norfolk on accusations of assaulting Ahmed Hashim Abed, who is suspected of plotting the 2004 slayings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah.

The defense suggested throughout the trial that Abed employed a standard terrorist tactic of feigning injury, perhaps even biting his own lip to spill blood onto his clothing.