Ruling threatens smuggling cases against Marines

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JULIE WATSON Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marine Corps prosecutors were meeting Tuesday in a scramble to save their numerous cases against Marines accused in a human smuggling and drug investigation after a military judge ruled it was illegal to arrest them during a morning battalion formation where leaders called them "a cancer" and "bad Marines." Maj. Kendra Motz said prosecutors at Marine Corps Camp Pendleton were exploring their options, but she did not know what they were considering. The judge, Marine Col. Stephen Keane, gave prosecutors until Nov. 25 to offer a way to remedy the situation. When ruling Friday, Marine Col. Stephen Keane agreed with defense attorneys that commanders violated the rights of the defendants when they pulled 16 Marines out of a battalion format
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