February 14, 2014

MILITARY JUSTICE: Prosecutor quits Sinclair sex assault case.

The lead prosecutor in the sexual assault trial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair — amid misgivings over the most serious charges — has abruptly left the case.

Lt. Col. William Helixon’s departure comes less than a month before Sinclair’s scheduled court martial and weeks after the prosecution’s lead witness found an iPhone with messages from Sinclair she had not previously disclosed.

Defense attorneys say Helixon believed Sinclair’s accuser, a 34-year-old captain, was not a credible witness and that he had made efforts to persuade his superiors to drop sexual assault charges.

Hmm. Awful lot of iffy discipline cases among the military brass lately.