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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - James Clement
The Pentagon inspector general has confirmed to Congress that an investigation is underway into whether Marine Corps higher-ups retaliated against an officer who accused the commandant, Gen. James Amos, of meddling in a prosecution.
The Marine Corps' discipline proceedings in the infamous desecration of Taliban corpses has churned up deep divisions among the top brass.
A military judge did something extraordinary last summer when he ordered the Marine Corps' top officer to submit sworn statements in a sexual assault case. The answers from the commandant, Gen. James F. Amos, have some in Marine legal circles wondering whether he told the full truth.
Capt. Clement has denied wrongdoing, saying he learned of the desecration only after it happened.
The attorneys filed a memo from another general, the defendants' commanding general at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He wrote to Gen. Amos in May 2012 seeking approval for how he planned to dispose of some of the desecration cases.