The continuing saga of the implosion and downward spiral of this misguided Marine Officer can be found here, here, and here…
Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller will find out Friday morning how severely he will be punished for violating military law by publicly criticizing military leadership for the tumult and deaths of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The judge, Marine Col. Glen Hines, adjourned court Thursday evening to deliberate overnight after he heard the final arguments of the Marine prosecutors and Scheller’s legal team.
Lt. Col. Troy Campbell, a prosecutor, recommended that Scheller be issued a letter of reprimand and ordered to forfeit $5,000 of pay per month for six months.
“The command was trying to protect him. The command never quit on him,” Campbell said. But Scheller insisted on escalating the situation.
The military judge hearing the case accepted Scheller’s plea of guilty on Thursday. He faces sentencing this afternoon and the maximum punishment that Scheller could receive would include a letter of reprimand and forfeiture of two-thirds of one month’s pay for a year, the spokesman said. He has also requested to leave the Marine Corps, but the type of discharge he will receive will ultimately be decided by the Navy secretary.
His charge sheet, which was obtained by Task & Purpose, is six pages long and lists everything he has said that has incurred the wrath of his superiors.
Scheller’s comments about fighting the system were not limited to social media, according to a copy of his charge sheet that Task & Purpose obtained. To wit: Prosecutors claim that at one point Scheller wrote on a transition plan form that his desired career field was “Revolution,” adding: “I reject your system. I plan to change the system;” and, “every generation needs a revolution. It is time for change.”
Moreover, Scheller conceded that it was wrong for him to appear in uniform and identify himself as an active-duty Marine Corps officer in his social media posts that criticized senior military and civilian leaders, such as in his Sept. 16 video vowing to charge McKenzie.
Members of Congress turned the proceedings into a circus…
When Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller’s defense team called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, to the virtual witness stand Thursday afternoon, the tablet showing her Zoom testimony to the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, courtroom fell down.
So did her arguments during the sentencing phase of the Marine officer’s special court-martial, which meandered from her personal 9/11 experience to calls for President Joe Biden’s resignation.
Amid repeated relevancy objections from Lt. Col. Nicholas Gannon, the Marine Corps’ top prosecutor, Greene was cut off multiple times by Col. Glen Hines, the military judge who will rule on Scheller’s sentence Friday.
Three members of Congress testified during the sentencing phase of the trial: Greene; Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who appeared in person; and Rep. Ralph Norman, R-South Carolina, who testified via phone.
The U.S. Marine who posted videos on social media criticizing military leadership and the Biden administration’s withdrawal of military assets from Afghanistan was issued a letter of reprimand and a forfeiture of $5,000 worth of pay for one month, after pleading guilty to all charges during his court-martial hearing this week.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. pled guilty to all six misdemeanor-level charges Thursday, including willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, dereliction in the performance of duties and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.
The judge, on Friday, said he would have given a two-month forfeiture of pay, had it not been for the nine days Scheller spent in pre-trial confinement. Scheller was freed from the brig last week where he was being held for violating an agreement to stop posting criticism on social media.
LtCol Scheller’s resignation and discharge are still pending. It is up to the Department of Defense what type of discharge he is eventually given. He’s not completely off the hook yet.
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