In 2006, Marine PFC John Jodka, along with seven other servicemembers, was charged with the murder and kidnapping of an Iraqi civilian. This court-martial represented one of the first high-visibility alleged "war crime" incidents after the inception of the War on Terrorism.
PFC John Jodka hired attorney Joe Casas to represent him against the charges levied by the United States after a lengthy investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS).
After one of Jodka's squad mates (Navy Corpsman Melson J. Bacos) testified against he and the other Marines, Mr. Casas and his co-counsel Colonel Jane Siegel (USMC, JAG, Ret.) negotiated a deal with the government that resulted in the dismissal of the serious offenses of murder and kidnapping in exchange for a plea to the lesser charges of assault and obstruction of justice, resulting in a very favorable outcome for John Jodka. This case resulted in Mr. Casas' appearance in national TV shows such as Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" and CNN's "The Situation Room".
In yet another high-visibility court-martial, attorney Joseph N. Casas defended 1st Lieutenant Andrew Grayson, a decorated Marine intelligence officer with multiple combat tours, against allegations that Grayson tried to help “cover up” the purported killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Iraq. Though Grayson was not at the scene of the killings on Nov. 19, 2005, in Haditha, he was charged with multiple counts of Dereliction of Duty (for failing to disclose "possible, suspected, or alleged violation of the law of war"; making false official statements; and "wrongfully endeavor[ing] to impede an Army...investigation...by ordering [a Sergeant]...to destroy evidence."
US v. Grayson represents one of the largest and most expensive military criminal cases in US history. After a trial, on June 5, 2008, Grayson was acquitted of all charges levied against him setting up the acquittal and/or dismissal of charges against several Marines involved in the incident.
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