After more than a year since he was first accused, the legal saga of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher has come to an end.
And the verdict is that he will be demoted to the rank of Petty Officer First Class (E-6) and forfeit almost $3000 of pay/month for four months.
In October 2018, military prosecutors accused Chief Gallagher with a number of Uniformed Conduct of Military Justice (UCMJ) violations. These included among other things obstruction of justice, attempted homicide, and murdering a teenage Islamic State detainee in Mosul, Iraq, during a combat deployment in 2017.
After a legal adventure that lasted almost a year, and which embarrassed both the Naval Special Warfare community and the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, Chief Gallagher was acquitted of the more serious charges. He was only convicted for posing for a photograph with the dead body of an ISIS fighter. Chief Gallagher, however, was the only member of SEAL Team 7’s Alpha Platoon to be charged for that offense (it was a group photo).