March 10, 2014
A military judge dismissed the jury Monday in Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair’s court-martial after e-mails emerged over the weekend that could point to alleged Pentagon interference in the proceedings.
Among the 22 pages of e-mails are a January communication in which a senior military lawyer writes Fort Bragg’s chief of military justice casting doubt on SInclair’s accuser’s credibility, and a February correspondence in which a lieutenant colonel with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps asked for a colonel’s “thoughts/opinion” on Sinclair’s offer to enter a plea.
According to CNN affiliate WTVD, Col. James Pohl, the presiding judge in the court-martial, granted a motion to reconsider whether unlawful command influence has marred the proceedings. The judge ruled Army prosecutors failed to meet their burden of proof in denying that the court-martial had been unduly influenced.
The command authority certainly seems to have been going after a lot of generals and admirals lately.