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Murder conviction against U.S. Marine overturned

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SAN DIEGO (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A military appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of Marine accused of leading a squad that kidnapped an Iraqi man and shot him to death in 2006.

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces says Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III's constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for seven days during his interrogation in Iraq. Hutchins served about half of an 11-year prison sentence.

The decision is seen as a major blow to the military's prosecution of Iraqi war crimes.

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