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Ralph A. Dengler is an intellectual property lawyer[1] and retired officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

In a 2003 interview Dengler explained to Human Rights Watch the difficulties he had trying to find fair, non-corrupt Iraqi lawyers to re-staff a new Iraq Justice System.[2]

Dengler served in Iraq in 2003, where he was the executive officer for the 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines. On June 5, 2003 troops from his battalion, staffing Camp Whitehorse, caused a death in custody, that Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Ingwersen classified as a homicide.

Initially eight Marines were charged. Charges against four of the Marines were dropped. One Marine accepted immunity, in return for his testimony. Following the article 32 hearing of the three remaining Marines, Corporal Christian Hernandez, Sergeant Gary Pittman and major Clarke Paulus, Dengler spoke out and criticized the NCIS investigation. [3]

Following his conviction Pittman, who had been a Federal prison guard in civilian life, lost his job "for cause". [4]

In 2017 The New York Times quoted Dengler over the reaction of James Mattis to the death in custody.[5] Mattis, then the two-star General in charge of the Marine Division, was appointed Secretary of Defense in Donald Trump's Presidency. Mattis had described the death in custody as "the worst thing that happened" under his watch. Dengler testified that he was surprised at the intensity of Mattis's reaction, given that he saw many American deaths.

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