The allegations against Gallagher by several fellow SEALS were horrendous. Per the Navy Times, this included not just the “trophy photo” with the dead boy, who has been described as an “ISIS fighter” by news outlets:

Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward “Eddie” Gallagher not only stabbed to death a teenage wounded Islamic State prisoner of war during a 2017 deployment to Iraq, according to an officer in his chain of command, but the SEAL also called in “false target coordinates to engage a mosque,” tried to push his platoon into pointless and potentially catastrophic firefights with insurgents and became so mentally unstable that he should’ve been relieved from duty but wasn’t.

As detailed by the New York Times, the Navy prosecution team was a mess before and throughout the trial. SEAL command waited over a year to move to charge Gallagher despite numerous disturbing accounts offered by fellow Navy SEALs about Gallagher’s behavior. The lead prosecutor was pulled from the case in May after he was caught illegally attaching tracking software to emails with the defense. And a major witness flipped for Gallagher at the last second—per according to CNN, he claimed for the first time on the stand that while Gallagher had stabbed the boy, he caused the boy’s death by strangling him.

Anyways, it’s almost the holiday and I probably should be thinking about something, anything, other than this, but goddamn does imagining the inevitable Duncan Hunter victory lap suck ass.