Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Judge weighs new evidence in US Army sex case

10 March 2014, 18:21

Raleigh - The judge in the case against an Army general believed to be the highest-ranking US military officer to be tried on sex assault charges began considering new evidence on Monday that a top lawyer at the Pentagon may have unlawfully interfered in a decision on whether to accept a plea agreement that was ultimately rejected.

Attorneys for Brigadier General Jeffrey A Sinclair presented the evidence, and Judge Colonel James Pohl dismissed the jury for the day on Monday morning. Pohl then retired to his chambers, where he will weigh the email chain between the prosecution team and a top Pentagon lawyer.

It is unlawful in the military justice system for senior commanders to interfere in prosecutorial decisions.

The case comes as the Pentagon is under increased scrutiny over revelations of rampant rape and sexual misconduct within the ranks.

Earlier last week, Sinclair pleaded guilty to three lesser charges involving adultery with the captain and improper relationships with two female Army officers.

In a motion filed in June as part of a pre-trial hearing, lawyers for Sinclair argued that top Pentagon brass were receiving regular updates last year on the investigation and may have encouraged subordinates to make an example of Sinclair.

Two of Sinclair's commanders, General Dan Allyn and Major General Jeffrey Colt, testified at a hearing earlier that month that there was no such pressure. Both generals testified they relied solely on their best judgment in deciding to charge and prosecute Sinclair.

- AP

Tags us

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...