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Questions continue about whether missteps by senior Navy leaders helped to scuttle the criminal cases against two officers of the doomed destroyer.
The CO at the time of the 2017 collision and another junior officer will have charges dismissed Thursday, according to defense attorneys and families of the fallen.
Attorneys tell Navy Times that a widely-shared op-ed assigning blame in the 2017 collision could become legal ammo for defense lawyers.
Prosecutors say that any damage to their court-martial case against a lieutenant can be mitigated later by a military judge.