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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 16th, 2014 at 4:32 am

Air Force Decides to Retry Airman for Rape Despite Lack of Evidence

Here is another example of a military sexual assault case that is not as cut and dry as the special interests would lead people to believe these cases are.  Because of the lack of evidence with this case the 3rd Air Force Commander decided not to pursue charges against the airman.  However, the Air Force has said the case is going to be re-prosecuted due to inconsistencies in the process without listing what they were other than persona non-grata with some members of Congress LTG Franklin was involved:

Against the objection of defense attorneys, the Air Force on Tuesday took another crack at prosecuting an alleged rape thrown out by a general at the center of the controversy over military sexual assault.

An Article 32 probable cause hearing began Tuesday for Airman First Class Brandon T. Wright, charged with raping a female sergeant in July 2012 when both were stationed at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

After a previous investigation of the case, Third Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin in August declined to prosecute Wright.

But concerned about inconsistencies in the process, top Air Force officials took the highly unusual step of removing Franklin as convening authority. It was assigned instead to Maj. Gen. Sharon K.G. Dunbar, commander of Air Force District of Washington. [Stars & Stripes]

You can read much more at the link, but this does beg the question of whether every time a General Officer decides not to pursue charges for a sexual assault that the Air Force will move the case to another General Officer in the hope of getting a prosecution?

Anyway for those that decide to not read about the case basically what you have going on here is a female NCO deciding to drink and party with two lower enlisted airmen.  She has sex with one of them and then claims rape.  She says she was frozen in place and could not move for some reason.  The airman accused of the crime plus the other airman that was with him claim otherwise.  So you have the word of two people against the word of the accuser who has a motive to lie because she was fraternizing with lower enlisted.  Maybe she was raped, but judging by the evidence that was listed in the article how can that be proven beyond a reasonable doubt?  Then again in the LTC Wilkerson case you had the word of a husband and wife against the claims of an intoxicated accuser with no evidence and he was convicted anyway, so who knows.

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  • ChickenHead
    7:16 am on January 16th, 2014 1

    “Air Force Decides to Retry Airman for Rape”

    They want to try again? What happened? They couldn’t get it in the first time?

    Phrasing, people.

  • James Straszheim
    12:01 pm on January 16th, 2014 2

    If you are going to editorialize and be a pro-military and anti-veteran mouthpiece, perhaps I need to cancel my subscription.

    Case in point – Did you ever notify veterans, that an income means test was made retroactive to exclude veterans if they served outside of Vietnam during that conflict? There are a heckuva lot of us who were screwed. A veteran is a veteran.

    MY phone no. is 9374566352 if you want more information.

  • Leon Laporte
    3:13 pm on January 16th, 2014 3

    This is rape people! No matter how many trials it takes and regardless of the evidence, this Airman must be found guilty and locked up. We must ensure justice for the victim and show the world that the military takes all accusations of sexual assault seriously.

  • Liz
    3:38 pm on January 16th, 2014 4

    We will retry the raping of airmen and retry…..until it’s done right, damnit!
    Because a mission done poorly diminishes all of us.

 

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