Sgt Edwin Ehlers II was wrongfully convicted in August 2007 by the United States Marine Corps for a crime he did not commit. The allegations made against Sgt Ehlers for the alleged sexual assault of a child were brought to the attention of NCIS in June 2004 amidst a difficult divorce from his now ex-wife and her friends.
The alleged victim’s mother was witnessed as having told her child in was Sgt Ehlers who committed this alleged act. The statement was given to NCIS by a witness who was later not allowed to testify at trial.
The father of the alleged victim told NCIS is his sworn statement that he took his daughter to the Beaufort Naval Hospital upon learning of the allegations. There are no hospital records for the visit.
The alleged victim told NCIS on camera that Sgt Ehlers’ ex-wife and another child witnessed her being sexually assaulted, yet at trial stated to the Court that she never made such allegations.
The alleged victim’s mother statements at trial were impeached because she was found to be untruthful and inconsistent in her testimony.
The NCIS agent who testified at trial admitted to not only tampering with evidence but also to violating Sgt Ehlers’ Miranda rights. The statement made by the NCIS agent was omitted from the record of trial, but the judge acknowledges its existence. Once this issue was brought to the attention of the Marine Corps, the video and audio recordings were destroyed to hide the statements existence.
Sgt Ehlers’ ex-wife did not know of the accusations against her until the first day of tria, when she was questioned, stated that she never witnessed any assault and if the child accused her then the child was lying.
There was no physical evidence that a crime was ever committed, The place that this alleged incident took place does not exist, the child admitted to lying at Court, there is evidence of witness tampering, evidence tampering, destruction evidence, perjured testimony being allowed at Court, withholding of exculpatory evidence in the Government’s possession, and ineffective assistance of counsel.
All of this has been brought to the attention on the military Court and the Marine Corps, all of which have either denied its existence (even when presented with their own documents) or have chosen to remain silent and not make any incriminating comments.
Under Article 64, UCMJ, the Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy and the Secretary of the Navy has the ability to overturn the conviction and release Sgt. Ehlers which is why this petition was created. Inaction of their part has denied Sgt Ehlers a fair and impartial trial in the military courts and the people involved have yet to be held responsible for their actions.
For the whole story, please visit: www.militaryinjustices.blogspot.com
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