Maj. Edward (Ted)
He Has Been a Mentor, Trusted Friend, and an Example to Follow
I have been friends with Mr. Haytham Faraj, ESQ since we were together at The Citadel in the early ’90s. He has been a mentor, trusted friend, and an example to follow, while together we pursued commissions in the U.S. Marine Corps. So, Haytham was the first person I called (after Mom & Dad), when in June of 2009, much to my shock and chagrin, I was detained and questioned by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). The NCIS had suspected me of having committed an atrocious, appalling crime (specifically, a violation of the Law of Armed Conflict). Although, the suspicion was absolutely preposterous, the Marine Corps, as appropriate for the world’s most esteemed fighting organization, was obligated to follow through with a formal investigation. I retained Haytham’s legal counsel and was eventually charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Nearly two years have passed, while investigatory measures and other legal formalities were resolved. While the prosecution was making their case, during the UCMJ Article 32 Hearing, Haytham uncovered previously withheld exculpatory evidence, coerced and/or non-percipient witnesses, and an extraordinarily faulty investigation conducted by a potentially nefarious NCIS Special Agent. Nonetheless, when the Defense (Haytham Faraj, ESQ) was given the opportunity, we simply rested without presenting a case; because, Haytham had already discredited the prosecution’s case so completely. Soon afterwards, the court martial convening authority dismissed the charge and its specifications without prejudice.