Edward Gallagher, Navy Seal, Found Not Guilty On Charges of Murder
After being heard in front of a Jury of seven soldiers, Navy Seal, Edward Gallagher, was found not guilty on all charges, except for having possed with a photo of the dead ISIS fighter. These charges were brought about after he had killed a 15-year-old ISIS fighter by stabbing him to death in 2017, then posing with photo’s of the body after.
As he waited for the charges to be read, Gallagher, 40, bounced on his feet lightly, looking nervous, but then celebrated with tears of joy once the verdict came through, tightly embrace his wife, Andrea, who publically championed him throughout the whole case. After he also hugged his brother and parents who were also sitting behind him during the trial.
“I’m happy, and I’m thankful,” Gallagher told reporters after the verdict as he joked with his legal team that “it’s Independence Day,” his freedom coming days before the July 4th holiday.
“Suffice to say, huge victory, a huge weight off the Gallaghers, huge victory for justice,” Gallagher’s attorney Marc Mukasey said adding that his client cried “tears of joy, emotion, freedom, absolute euphoria and proud of the process.”
“I was feeling like we’re finally vindicated after being terrorized by the government that my husband fought for 20 years,” Andrea Gallagher said. She also said she intends to “continue to fight for the war heroes of this country” and hopes to see Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Commodore Capt. Matthew D. Rosenbloom resigns, among other things.
He had faced seven criminal charges, six of them were the most serious, including premeditated murder, willfully discharging a firearm to endanger human life, retaliation against members of his platoon for reporting his alleged actions, obstruction of justice, and attempted murders of two noncombatants, of all these charges he was found not guilty.
He was found guilty on the seventh charge, posing for a photo with a casualty, this was the least severe of all the crimes he was charged with, this carried a maximum sentence of 4 months, which he had already served.
“We have sentencing to do, but the maximum sentence of what they’re about to sentence him on is much less than the time that they’ve already had him in the brig,” defense attorney Tim Parlatore said. “So he is going home.”
Awaiting trial, Gallagher had already served nine months in prison but was released ahead of the trial in May, as the judge attempted to fix the prosecutorial misconduct with included unauthorized tracking of his emails.
Most of the 12 men platoon in Gallagher’s unit testified against him, revealing that nearly all of them posed for photo’s with the dead prisoner and then witnessed him read his reenlistment oath near the terrorist body. Prosecutors claimed by so doing; this proved that Gallagher was proud of his actions.
The biggest surprise came June 20th, when Gallagher’s college, Special Operator 1st class Corey Scott, admitted to suffocating the ISIS fighter back in 2017. This was contrary to the testimony of at least seven other SEALS who had said Gallagher stabbed the ISIS fighter to death after the medics had administered treatment for him. The said the stabbings are what killed the ISIS fighter.
Gallagher was a 19-year vet in the Navy, had earned a Bronze Star with V for Valor twice, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and a three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals. These were made public by his wife, even President Trump had spoken of this, then had Gallagher removed from the brig and put in a hospital while waiting for the trial.