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Judge eases restrictions on San Diego Navy SEAL accused of war crimes

Posted at 2:22 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 17:22:27-04

(KGTV) - A judge eased restrictions Thursday on the Navy SEAL accused of several war crimes, including the murder of a wounded ISIS soldier and shooting at Iraqi civilians.

Chief Eddie Gallagher was arrested last fall and sent to the brig. President Trump intervened, and Gallagher was put in less restrictive confinement at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Gallagher had the freedom to move around the base and have visitors. He was recently moved to the Balboa base and is now confined to the dorms.

Gallagher’s defense attorney Timothy Parlatore argued Gallagher couldn’t properly prepare for his trial because restrictions kept him from freely accessing a phone to communicate with the attorney or a computer to review case findings.

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“We have been complaining ever since his release from the brig that these conditions don’t adequately allow him to prepare for his trial,” said Parlatore. “The primary focus right now is going through this and preparing for trial. And I need Eddie to be able to help me out with that; I need Eddie to assist in his own defense.”

A judge ruled that Parlatore can work with Gallagher’s commanding officer to get the restrictions lifted so they can prepare for the trial set for late May.