Camp Pendleton: A military board
says a Marine who criticised President Barack Obama on his
Facebook page has committed misconduct and should be
The Marine Corps administrative board made the decision
yesterday after a daylong hearing at Camp Pendleton for Sgt. Gary Stein.
The board`s recommendations go to a general who will
either accept or deny them.
The board also recommended that Stein be given an
other-than-honourable discharge. That would mean Stein would
lose his benefits and would not be allowed on any military
Stein`s lawyers argued he was expressing his personal
views and exercising his First Amendment rights.
Stein has served with the Marines for nine years. His
service was to end in four months.