Elven Swisher served in the Marines. But he wasn’t a clandestine operative, was never deployed on a secret mission to rescue POWs in Korea, and never received a Purple Heart, Silver Star, Gold Star or Commendation Medal.

That’s not what he told an Idaho federal jury, though, when Swisher — dressed in an outfit festooned with a Purple Heart — took the stand against David Hinkson in 2004, and said that Hinkson had asked him to murder a federal judge, IRS agent and federal prosecutor.

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