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Defense: Marine Corps helped Haditha prosecution

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - Defense lawyers for a Marine whose squad killed 24 Iraqis in Haditha say they will file a motion alleging the Marine Corps has unfairly allowed the prosecution's team of military lawyers to remain on active duty while the case has dragged on for five years.

Haytham Faraj, a former Marine now representing Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich as a civilian lawyer, told a military judge at Camp Pendleton on Tuesday that the Marine Corps has not done the same for the defense.

The Marine Corps denied requests by Faraj and another military defense attorney to postpone their retirement in 2008. They say a reservist for the prosecution, meanwhile, was specially selected to remain on active duty.

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