Marine prosecutor behind office raids reassigned

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Associated Press

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 11:33 PM

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — The senior Marine Corps prosecutor behind a raid on defense lawyers' offices at Camp Pendleton has been reassigned after a judge ordered him off several cases.

The Marine Corps Times (http://bit.ly/1oZxtWb ) reported Thursday that Maj. Ray Slabbekorn has been pulled from his post as senior trial counsel for Camp Pendleton and given a position on a West Coast trial team.

A military judge decided Tuesday that last month's unusual raid was a case of "apparent unlawful command influence," meaning an observer would have reason to believe the government had unfairly interfered with the legal process.

The judge ordered Slabbekorn off some cases and placed restrictions on him.

Camp Pendleton spokesman Jeffrey Nyhart says the limitations make it impossible for Slabbekorn to do his job, so he was reassigned.

Slabbekorn deferred to Nyhart for comment.

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