Judge re­duces penalty fac­ing Navy SEAL

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

A mil­i­tary judge on Fri­day re­fused to dis­miss the mur­der case of a Navy SEAL, but found the pros­e­cu­tion’s med­dling in de­fense lawyer emails trou­bling enough to re­duce the max­i­mum penalty he faces.

Capt. Aaron Rugh said an ef­fort to track emails sent to lawyers for Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Chief Ed­ward Gal­lagher vi­o­lated con­sti­tu­tional rights against il­le­gal searches and the right to coun­sel by in­ter­fer­ing with at­tor­n­ey­client priv­i­lege.

The ac­tion also harmed the pub­lic’s view of the mil­i­tary jus­tice sys­tem and cast doubt on Gal­lagher’s abil­ity to give a fair trial, Rugh said.

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