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Garwood lawyers claim evidence insufficient

Attorneys for Robert R. Garwood asked a military judge Monday to overturn his conviction for betraying his country because it was based on insufficient evidence. Defense attorney John C. Lowe said that the Marine Corps, through its vigorous prosecution of Garwood for his actions as a war prisoner in Vietnam, has sent a message to future American POWs and that now it should help Garwood. Garwood's attorneys asked Col. R. E. Switzer for a "judgment of acquittal," saying the government did not present sufficient evidence to support the guilty verdict. Garwood was convicted by a panel of five Marine Corps officers of five counts of collaboration with the enemy and assaulting a fellow POW.

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