Panel: Discharge Marine Captain In Urination Case

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WASHINGTON - JULY 15: Vehicles drive through the main gate at Marine Corps Base Quantico July 15, 2004 in Quantico, Virginia. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 24, a Marine who turned up in Lebanon after he was reportedly kidnapped in Iraq is scheduled to return to the Marine Corps Base Quantico today. Hassoun has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since last week. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – JULY 15: Vehicles drive through the main gate at Marine Corps Base Quantico July 15, 2004 in Quantico, Virginia. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 24, a Marine who turned up in Lebanon after he was reportedly kidnapped in Iraq is scheduled to return to the Marine Corps Base Quantico today. Hassoun has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since last week. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps panel is recommending that an officer be forcibly discharged for failing to supervise a group of snipers who posed for a video while urinating on dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The panel of three colonels issued its ruling Thursday against Capt. James V. Clement after a three-day hearing at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The panel found Clement’s performance of duty was substandard. Two lieutenant generals will now review the recommendation and determine whether Clement should be given an honorable discharge.

A YouTube video showing the Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., urinating on corpses during a July 2011 patrol received international condemnation. Three enlisted Marines previously pleaded guilty at courts martial.

Defense lawyer John M. Dowd maintains Clement is a victim of political correctness at the Pentagon.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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