DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL WASHINGTON NAVY YARD 1322 PATTERSON AVENUE SE SUITE 3000 WASHINGTON OC 20374-5066 « R6H-^ REPES TO

October 7, 2009 Mrs. Angela Ehlers

Dear Mrs. Ehlers: This responds to your letter of August 8, 2009 to the Secretary of the Navy, requesting that he inquire into matters relating to the conviction, of your husband, Private Edwin Ehlers, U.S. Marine Corps, The Secretary of the Navy has directed me to answer your letter on his behalf. It is my understanding that your husband is seeking additional appellate review before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Accordingly, because- appellate review is ongoing, it would be inappropriate for the Secretary of the Navy to comment specifically on issues before the court. Please note that if your husband is not satisfied with the results of his appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, he has the right, pursuant to Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5815,3J, to seek clemency and parole through the Navy and Marine Corps Clemency and Parole Board. If you have any information that would either assist your husband in his appeal, or support a petition to the Navy Clemency and Parole Board, I encourage you to contact your husband's appellate civilian or military counsel, As a separate matter I note that the Office of the Judge Advocate General and the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps have thoroughly reviewed your claims concerning the counsel involved in your husband's case and have provided a direct response to you concerning the outcome of that review process. Sincerely,

CK W. HOUC! Vice Admiral, JAGC, U.S. Navy Advocate General

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