Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the outspoken Marine who went viral for questioning the nation’s top military leaders during an exit from Afghanistan, is being released today (Sept 5) from the brig.
According to lawyers for the Scheller family, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was granted conditional release from the military jail at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, on Tuesday, pending a court-martial, Newsmax reported.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller will face charges at a court-martial
Lawyers confirmed that Scheller will be released from pretrial detention, that charges have been filed against him, and that he will face them in a court-martial.
“An IRO hearing was scheduled to review Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller’s pretrial detention at 1:30 p.m. today,” according to a statement to Newsmax. “The Marine Corps refused to provide an open hearing or to record the hearing. Media outlets objected and asked that the hearing be delayed to allow for action in federal court.
“Prior to the hearing, the Marine Corps agreed to release Lt. Col. Scheller pending trial by court-martial.
“Lt. Col. Scheller remains subject to the unlawful gag order previously issued by his commander Col. David Emmel. Lt. Col. Scheller has submitted a request for redress regarding the unlawful order to his command. The command has not yet replied to the request.
“Lt. Col. Scheller has submitted a request for resignation of his commission in lieu of trial to the Secretary of the Navy. Numerous members of Congress have urged the Secretary to accept his request.”
Why Marine Scheller was in brig
Scheller was initially jailed at Camp Lejeune last Monday after he refused to comply with a military order to stop posting to social media following a series of viral videos in which he criticized military leaders for their handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” Scheller’s father, Stu Scheller Sr., told Task & Purpose last week. “He was asking for accountability. In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn’t do that, which is mind-blowing.”
When the outspoken officer was relieved of his command and imprisoned while awaiting trial for contempt, he was three years away from retiring.
“My son is an exemplary Marine and he has been for 17 years,” Scheller’s mother, Cathy Scheller, told Fox News last week. “He knew that everyone else felt the same way. He thought if he took the lead, others would stand up and call for accountability. They did not. So he is taking the full brunt himself.”
“Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. is being released from confinement today, Oct. 5, 2021, as a result of a mutual agreement between Lt. Col. Scheller, his Defense counsel, and the Commanding General, Training Command,” said Capt. Sam Stephenson, Training and Education Command spokesperson. “No additional details regarding the agreement may be released at this time.”