November 23, 2014
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) - An initial Marine Corps review into a raid by military investigators on defense lawyers' offices has found no evidence that the unusual search compromised cases.
The findings of the May 2 search were revealed Thursday during a motions hearing for Lance Cpl. Eric Salinas, a defendant in a hazing case.
Salinas wants to sever his relationship with his Camp Pendleton defense lawyers and wants to be assigned representation outside the base.
His defense lawyers told the judge he cannot get a fair trial, because he has no guarantee investigators did not see privileged material between him and his attorneys when they searched every defense counsel's office May 2.
The judge's ruling could set a precedent for scores of cases.
Investigators were searching for a cellphone for a separate case.
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