The case of Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Gallagher has garnered some attention from President Trump.
On the premise of everyone is innocent until proven guilty in this country, Trump has ordered less-restrictive confinement for the Navy SEAL until he has his day in court.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
This country prides itself on treating everyone as though they are innocent until proven guilty, except for its soldiers.
When soldiers are accused of crimes, they are cut off from the outside world while still expecting to be able to mount a defense.
Chief Gallagher is accused of some horrific crimes, but that does not mean that he is not entitled to be treated humanely.
After all, our Supreme Court just stuck up for the rights of a convicted cop killer. The least our country can do is treat a combat veteran with some civility until his trial has concluded.
Getting Trump’s Attention
Gallagher’s case got the attention of President Trump after a group of Republican congressmen penned a letter asking for better accommodation for Gallagher based on his previous service.
Among those that penned the letter to Rear Adm. Lindsey were Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who is a former SEAL himself, and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who served as a Marine.
They were not asking for special treatment for Gallagher, just something a bit more humane.
The letter stated, “We ask that you weigh this decision given the terrible message Chief Gallagher’s confinement sends to our warfighters, that they can be confined behind bars away from their family, legal defense, and community for nine months before their day in court.”
Rather than wait for the Admiral to make a decision, Trump made it for him.
The President tweeted, “In honor of his past service to our Country, Navy SEAL #EddieGhallagher will soon be moved to less restrictive confinement while he awaits his day in court.”
Trump also promised this process would not drag out and that it “should move quickly.”
Gallagher stands charged with murdering an ISIS fighter under his care as well as charges related to a reenlistment ceremony that was allegedly conducted used a corpse of a dead man, among others.
Gallagher has pled not guilty to all charges.
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