CAMP PENDLETON (AP) — Most of the Marines who were labeled as criminals in front of their colleagues at Camp Pendleton after a human smuggling probe won't go to court, the Marine Corps announced Tuesday.
Six Marines have pleaded guilty to various charges in courts-martial but 13 will be dealt with administratively and allowed to leave the service, while only four still face criminal cases, according to a statement from the 1st Marine Division, which is based at the Southern California camp.
The announcement follows the ruling of a military judge earlier this year that it was illegal for the military to arrest and accuse the Marines in front of their peers.
The case stems from the U.S. Border Patrol arrest of two Marines in July in a car near the Mexico border. A federal complaint said