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US court denies appeal in Iraq war murder case

The US military’s highest court has denied a government request to reconsider the overturned murder conviction of a Marine who has served more than half of his 11-year sentence in one of the biggest war crime cases to emerge from the Iraq war. 

The denial from the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces clears the way for the release of Lawrence Hutchins III. Hutchins’ military attorney, Maj Babu Kaza, told U-T San Diego and the Los AngelesTimes that Hutchins will be released Friday and reassigned. The Navy can still appeal to the US Supreme Court or retry Hutchins.
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