“Free Speech” Marine Enters A Plea

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr., the U.S. Marine who was jailed for posting videos critical of military leadership to social media platforms, has recently entered a plea to the six different charges levied against him.

Scheller faces six different misdemeanor charges as a result of these videos, which include conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman, dereliction in the performance of duties, and willful disobedience of a superior commissioned officer.

On Thursday, Scheller pled guilty to all of the charges during a recent court-martial hearing, which took place at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Scheller had previously been held in pretrial confinement for violating an alleged agreement to stop discussing his case on social media, though he was freed last week.

After posting criticism of the Afghanistan withdrawal to social media, Scheller was also subsequently relieved from his command at one of the infantry training battalions at Camp Lejeune.

Scheller’s videos were posted after the horrific terrorist attack that took place at amid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The attack claimed the lives of 13 U.S. service members, as well as multiple dozens of Afghan citizens.

“Did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up?'” Scheller demanded.

Scheller also acknowledged that he is aware that what has been done cannot be taken back, and he also added that all he has requested was “accountability,” or for individuals to acknowledge, “yes, mistakes were made.”

“Had they done that, I would have gone back into rank and file, submitted, and accomplished what I wanted,” Scheller concluded.

Scheller is a highly decorated Marine who has provided 17 years of service to the nation.

Aside from the three misdemeanors previously mentioned, Scheller has also been charged with failure to obey order or regulation, disrespect toward superior commissioned officers, and contempt toward officers.