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"[Kaffee is questioning Kendrick about Dawson's refusal to discipline PFC Curtis Bell, which led to his bad pro-con report rating]
Lt. Kendrick: Lance Cpl. Dawson was given a below average rating because he had committed a crime.
Kaffee: A crime? What crime did he commit?
Lt. Kendrick: He disobeyed an order.
Kaffee: Dawson brought a hungry guy some food... what crime did he commit?
Lt. Kendrick: Lance Cpl. Dawson disobeyed an order!
Kaffee: Yeah, but it wasn't a real order, was it? I mean, come on, it's peacetime! He wasn't being asked to secure a hill or advance on a beach head. Surely a Marine of Dawson's intelligence can determine which orders to follow and which orders might be, shall we say, morally questionable? Lt. Kendrick, can he? Can Dawson determine on his own which orders he's going to follow?
Lt. Kendrick: No, he can not!
Kaffee: A lesson he learned after the Curtis Bell incident, isn't that right, Lieutenant?
Lt. Kendrick: I should think so.
Kaffee: You KNOW so, don't you, Lieutenant?
Capt. Ross: OBJECT!
Judge Randolph: Sustained!
Kaffee: Lt., I have one final question... if you HAD told Dawson to give Santiago a Code Red...
Lt. Kendrick: [interrupting] I SPECIFICALLY ORDERED THOSE MEN NOT TO TOUCH SANTIAGO!
Kaffee: ...do you think he would have disobeyed you AGAIN?
Capt. Ross: Lt. Kendrick, don't answer that!
Kaffee: No further questions, I'm through!
Capt. Ross: [on redirect] Lt. Kendrick, did you order Lance Corporal Dawson and Private Downey to give Willie Santiago a Code Red?... Lt. Kendrick!... Lt. Ken...
Lt. Kendrick: [obviously shaken] No, I did not!
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"Kaffee: Jack? Jack! They were given an order.
Capt. Ross: I'll be right back. I'll be right back.
Galloway: How long have you known about the order?
Capt. Ross: I didn't. Who's this?
Kaffee: She's Joe Galloway. She's Downey's attorney. She's very pleased to meet you.
Capt. Ross: What exactly are you accusing me of, Commander?
Galloway: How long have you known about the order?
Kaffee: Jack didn't know about the order because if Jack did and he didn't tell us Jack knows he'd be violating about 14 articles of the Code of Ethics. As it is, Jack's got enough to worry about because, God forbid, our clients should decide to plead not guilty and testify for the record that they were given an order.
Capt. Ross: Kendrick specifically told those men not to touch Santiago.
Kaffee: That's right and then he went into Dawson and Downey's room and specifically ordered them to give Santiago a code red.
Capt. Ross: That's not what Kendrick says.
Kaffee: Kendrick's lying.
Capt. Ross: You have proof?
Kaffee: I have the defendants.
Capt. Ross: And I have 23 Marines who aren't accused of murder and a Lieutenant with 4 letters of commendation.
Kaffee: Why did Markinson go UA?
Capt. Ross: You'll never know.
Kaffee: You think I can't subpoena Markinson?
Capt. Ross: You can try but you won't find him. You know what Markinson did for the first 17 of his 26 years in the Corps? Counter intelligence. Markinson's gone, there is no Markinson. Look, Danny, Jessup's star is on the rise. Division will give me a lot of room on this one to spare Jessup and the Corps any embarrassment.
Kaffee: How much room?
Capt. Ross: I'll knock it all down to involuntary manslaughter, two years they'll be home in six months.
Galloway: No deal, we're going to court.
Capt. Ross: No, you're not.
Galloway: Why not?
Capt. Ross: Because you'll lose and Danny knows it. And Danny also knows that if it does go to court then that means I'm going to have to go all the way. His clients are going to get charged with the whole truckload. Murder. Conspiracy. Conduct Unbecoming. And even though he's got me by the balls out here Danny knows that in a court room he loses this case. You see, Danny's an awfully talented lawyer and he's not about to let his clients go to jail for life when he knows that they could be home in six months. That's the end of this negotiation. I'll see you tomorrow morning at the arraignment."
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"Kaffee: Private Downey, one last time, why did you go into Santiago's barracks room on the night of September 6th?
Downey: A code red was ordered by my platoon commander Lieutenant Jonathan James Kendrick, sir.
Kaffee: Thank you. Your witness.
Capt. Ross: Private, on the week of 2 September the switch log has you down at post 39 until 1600, is that right?
Downey: I'm sure it is, sir, they keep that log pretty good.
Capt. Ross: How far is it from Post 39 to the Windward barracks?
Downey: It's a ways, sir. It's a hike.
Capt. Ross: How far by jeep?
Downey: Ten, fifteen minutes.
Capt. Ross: Ever have to walk it?
Downey: Yes, sir. That day, sir. Friday. The pick up private. That's like what we call the guy who drops us off and picks us up at our posts, also because he can get girls in New York City. Well, pick up comes driving up and, bam, a blow out right at 39 with no spare so we had to double time it back to the barracks.
Capt. Ross: And if it's ten, fifteen minutes by jeep I'm guessing that it would have to be at least an hour by foot, is that right?
Downey: Pick up and me did it in 45 flat.
Capt. Ross: Not bad. Now private, you testified earlier that your assault on Santiago was the result of an order that you received in your barracks room at 1620, is that right?
Downey: Yes, sir.
Capt. Ross: But you just said that you didn't make it back to the Windward barracks until 1645.
Downey: Sir?
Capt. Ross: Well, how could you be in your barracks room at 1620 if you didn't make it back to the Windward barracks until 1645?
Downey: Well, you see, sir, there was a blow out.
Capt. Ross: Private, did you actually ever hear Lieutenant Kendrick order a code red?
Downey: Well, Hal said that...
Capt. Ross: Private, did you actually ever hear Lieutenant Kendrick order a code red?
Downey: No, sir.
Galloway: Your Honor, I'd like a recess to confer with my client."
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