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Navy orders justice system review after SEAL's acquittal

The Navy has ordered a review of its justice system after a jury cleared a SEAL of killing a prisoner in a case marred by allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

Posted: Aug 2, 2019 4:00 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Navy has ordered a review of its justice system after a jury cleared a SEAL of killing a prisoner in a case marred by allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.

The chief of naval operations issued the order Thursday following last month's acquittal of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of murder in San Diego.

Gallagher was convicted only of posing for photos with the body of the 17-year-old militant. The lead prosecutor was removed before trial, and a witness surprised prosecutors by testifying he'd killed the prisoner.

Adm. John Richardson intervened a day after President Donald Trump ordered the secretary of the Navy to strip prosecutors of medals awarded for their handling of the case.

Richardson Thursday also dismissed charges against the leader of Gallagher's platoon, who was charged with destroying evidence.

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