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The mass arrest in July of 15 Camp Pendleton Marines in front of their 800-person battalion may have violated their rights and threatens to upend the case, attorneys for two of the accused told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Jeremiah Sullivan, another San Diego-based civilian defense attorney who represents one of the Marines, called the public arrests a circus.
“It is puzzling, but not surprising, why NCIS would coordinate such a circus,” Sullivan said in an email Tuesday. “The message they are sending is unlawful command influence. This was completely unnecessary and all for show.”
Defense lawyer Jeremiah J. Sullivan III said no crime was committed and the case was built around what was done privately in a "jovial, joking spirit" among consenting adults.
"The Air Force has spent well over a year investigating this case all over the globe," Sullivan said. "This was a completely private group that is now embarrassed by Air Force investigators. They're now being publicly shamed for lawfully and voluntarily sharing their penis pictures. It's a private matter."
The partly censored investigation document said Burch told someone not identified that he took his final suggestive selfie at the vice president's residence while assigned to the security detail.
Sullivan confirmed Burch was part of the presidential security detail while stationed at Andrews Air Force Base from 2014 to 2016, but said no such photo was shot at the house then occupied by Vice President Joe Biden.
Malaki declined to speak with reporters after a brief hearing. His attorney, Jeremiah Sullivan, said "Lt. Cmdr. Malaki has accepted responsibility for his actions."
Malaki declined to speak with reporters after a brief hearing. His attorney, Jeremiah Sullivan, said “Lt. Cmdr. Malaki has accepted responsibility for his actions.”
Malaki's defense attorney, Jeremiah Sullivan, said his client has taken responsibility for what he did.
"He dedicated 26 years of his life to serving the Navy and his country and he let everyone down," Sullivan said. "It pains him that he hurt so many."
Court papers filed Wednesday show that Malaki signed his plea deal nearly a month ago, on March 17. His attorney, Jeremiah J. Sullivan III of San Diego, said the officer would continue to cooperate with investigators.
“Lt. Cmdr. Malaki accepted responsibility for his actions,” Sullivan said. “It doesn’t define him or his 25 years of honorable service.”
A 21-year-old Orange County man accused of driving drunk and crashing into a San Diego police car, ser
Defense attorney Jeremiah Sullivan, no relation to the defendant, spoke briefly to reporters, calling the incident an "unfortunate" accident.
"We wish the officer a speedy recovery," the attorney said.
An SDPD officer seriously injured in a collision with a suspected drunk driver is making a slow but successful recovery, his family said in a statement Friday.
Officer Travis Betley, 24, suffered major injuries while on-duty early Sunday morning when a suspected drunk driver T-boned his patrol car on westbound Mission Gorge Road at the northbound State Route 125 intersection in Santee.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man with an assault rifle and wearing body armor was wounded in a shootout with police in a downtown apartment building's lobby Sunday, and was arrested as he tried to walk out of the building, police said.
The 24-year-old shot has been identified Monday as an active duty Navy man. Esteban Nandin, who is stationed on the USS Gary, was wounded in the upper torso and arm in the 3 a.m. shooting Sunday at the building on Third Avenue near Market Street, San Diego police homicide Lt. Jorge Duran said.
Authorities today released the name of a 24-year-old Navy man shot by police gunfire over the weekend after he allegedly raised an assault rifle toward officers at the Horton Plaza-apartment building where he lives.
Second Class Petty officer Esteban Nandin, who served in Iraq from 2008 to 2009, had an assault rifle, a handgun, a tactical vest and a gas mask as officers moved toward him in the stairwell of a Gaslamp apartment building Sunday morning
SAN DIEGO — A retired Navy petty officer who was shot by a San Diego policeman after raising a military assault rifle in his direction was sentenced Tuesday to probation and ordered to continue counseling and treatment for mental health issues, including a form of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
The man who struck and killed a 4-year-boy with his car in South Encanto pleaded guilty to hit-and-run on Friday.
Samuel Metu, 19, will be placed on probation, with credit for time served, when he is sentenced next Wednesday.
Metu's attorney, Jeremiah Sullivan, called the child's death a "tragic accident."
"Words can't express the sorrow Mr. Metu feels," the lawyer said.
According to Sullivan, the accident happened when the victim darted into traffic as Metu's attention was drawn to the victim's older brother, who was walking a dog on the other side of Madrone Avenue.
Metu left the scene to get gasoline for his car, but returned less than a half-hour later when he realized he had hit something, his attorney said.
A young man who failed to stop the car he was driving after hitting a 4-year-old boy on a street in San Diego’s Encanto neighborhood was placed Wednesday on probation for three years.
"I am not a criminal," Flynn said in a jailhouse interview.
The 37-year-old mom was arrested over the weekend on desertion charges, 10 years after leaving her military post.
"I love my country, I love my honor to country, to serve, but that's not the point," Flynn said.
Flynn said that in 1999, her then 4-year-old son, Vidal, and 8-year-old daughter, Jackie, had been staying in San Diego with a close friend while Flynn was in basic training at Fort Gordon, in Georgia. During that time, her son got extremely sick.
Her attorney, Jeremiah Sullivan, said negotiations with the Army couldn't have gone any better.
“The Army officers I was dealing with were very professional and accommodating and able to expedite the case for me,” Sullivan said. “They listened and took it very seriously. This could have dragged on for months.”
MAUREEN CAVANAUGH (Host): In addition to being subject to the laws and regulations of civilian life, military personnel are required to obey a variety of rules and regulations that are strictly tied to their military service. Being absent without leave or insubordination are two distinctly military offenses. Even a charge like murder or kidnapping, which would be a crime in any court, when charged by the military, a different court procedure, a different kind of jury and a different kind of lawyer is involved. My guest Jeremiah Sullivan has a long history of being that different kind of lawyer. Now in private practice in San Diego, Jay was formerly a full-time attorney for the Judge Advocate General. As a reservist, he still handles many cases that involve military personnel, some of which have been in the headlines in recent years. So, Jay Sullivan, welcome to These Days.
“My client is a true war hero, like all of these SEALs,” defense attorney Jeremiah J. Sullivan III said. “These guys should have been awarded medals rather than given [criminal] charge sheets when they returned.”
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