International name ID isn’t always a benefit to a candidate. In June 1971, Republican primary voters rejected the candidacy of Robert F. Marasco, a 29-year-old retired Green Beret who was seeking a seat on the Bloomfield Township Council.
Two years earlier, Marasco made international headlines when the Army Captain was accused of summarily executing a Vietnamese operative he suspected of being a double agent while working for Marasco’s special forces unit in Laos. When the incident became news back in the United States, the U.S. Government prosecuted Marasco (who pulled the trigger) and five other Green Berets. Marasco’s lawyer was famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey.
The government dropped their case – according to some published reports, at the direction of President Richard Nixon – arguably because of strong concerns by the Central Intelligence Agency that a trial would have opened the CIA to public scrutiny and forced the agency to disclose some of their operations and tactics.