On October 16, 2020, 1SG John Hatley was paroled and released from Fort Leavenworth after more than a decade behind bars for crimes he did not commit. Patriots like you fought for his release and won. Now the fight continues for Hatley to receive a full presidential pardon.
Will you sign the Presidential Pardon Petition and support this great American Warrior?
Hatley was court-martialed and found guilty of premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated murder of four Iraqi detainees in 2007 near Baghdad. According to evidence and testimony presented at Hatley’s trial, the Iraqis were taken into custody after an exchange of fire with Hatley’s unit. Hatley was sentenced to life in prison with an opportunity for parole, reduction to E-1, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. This is despite the lack of any ballistic or forensic evidence but based solely on the testimony of a few soldiers who had taken pre-trial agreements in exchange for testimony leading to his conviction.
The Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) conducted a thorough investigation, and despite the rigorous efforts of the investigating team, found no bodies, no brass, and no evidence of a crime. The only "evidence" was from compelled statements from a few soldiers who claimed that "four men of middle-eastern descent" were killed. The additional charges against those who testified against Hatley were dismissed or reduced to lesser crimes unrelated.
1SG Hatley has endured enough injustice.
The time for action is now.