SAN DIEGO, CA – “1st
Lieutenant Grayson has turned down a prosecutorial offer that
would have resulted in a full dismissal of court-martial
charges,” stated Joseph N. Casas, civilian defense lawyer for
Lt. Grayson, 26, took the decision
to fight the charges alongside his wife Susan, 25, who recently
took a leave of absence from her medical studies at the
University of Arizona to support him. “I firmly believe in my
husband's innocence. I have never been more proud of him, and I
support his strength and courage to do what is right” she said.
Today, Grayson stated, "Recently I
was asked by the prosecution to 'fall on my sword for the
greater good of the Marine Corps.' The prosecution wanted me to
distort the truth to fit their end goal. Simply stated, I
cannot sell my integrity, morals, reputation, and effectively my
soul. I cannot compromise my integrity.”
Lt. Grayson’s decision to fight for
his innocence also involved the difficult decision of relieving
his military defense counsel, Major Scott Woodard due to
prosecutorial tactics that caused a permanent loss of
"I was forced to relieve my military
defense counsel, Major Woodard, due to a conflict of interest
created by the prosecution. In June, the Marine Corps
discharged me. After my civilian defense counsel notified the
government that I was no longer on active duty, the prosecution
threatened to launch an investigation against Major Woodard for
not alerting them that I was no longer on active duty. This
threat and pressure unfortunately created an irreparable
conflict of interest,” stated Lt. Grayson.
The decision to relieve Major
Woodard means that his new military defense counsel, who has not
yet been detailed to the case, will have a short time to get up
to speed on the facts of the case and prepare for trial. Also
in question is whether or not the Marine Corps will appoint two
military defense attorneys.
prosecution’s cavalier tactics did not stop there.
personally experienced the prosecution's pressure tactics.
Since this investigation began, LtCol Sullivan, the lead
prosecutor on the case, has held various inappropriate
one-on-one conversations with me, out of the presence of my
defense counsel, in which he attempted to undermine my defense
counsel, cajoled me into believing he had my best interests in
mind, and spoke with me specifically about the matters relating
to the case,” stated Lt. Grayson.
According to his
civilian defense counsel, Lt. Grayson’s Article 32 hearing will
be scheduled sometime between late September and November.
After which General Mattis, the top-officer overseeing the
Haditha cases, will make the decision on the viability of the
court-martial charges against Lt. Grayson.
“I look forward
to fighting for Lt. Grayson’s innocence. I am proud to
represent Lt. Grayson and his family, and I am especially
refreshed by Lt. Grayson’s level of integrity and morals in the
face of the government’s bountiful resources thrown at these
cases,” stated Mr. Casas.