SAN DIEGO, June 7, 2019 – The Court has now recognized that Eddie Gallagher was victimized by a Government campaign of illegal conduct.
Conducting surveillance of defense attorneys, journalists and private citizens in violation of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution was not only an attack on the Bill of Rights and a grave danger to the civil liberties of all Americans, but an affront to traditional notions of justice.
If the U.S. Navy wants to show service members that it has any sense of justice, they will step in and make this right for the Gallagher family. If they won’t do it, we will. We’ll take the legal fight to trial, we’ll get an acquittal, and then we’ll take the legal fight to every courtroom, every bar association and every ethics committee, until every individual responsible for this twisted and corrupt prosecution is held accountable under the law.
The Court’s ruling, recognizing a direct violation of Chief Gallagher’s constitutional rights but not dismissing the case, sends a chilling message to every man and woman in uniform. If the government can illegally leak to taint a jury pool, suppress exculpatory evidence, intimidate witnesses, spy on defense counsel and cumulatively these are not grounds for a full dismissal – what is?
Kelly Wilson, Counsel
Parlatore Law Group