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Fifty minutes before the destroyer Kinkaid collided with a merchant vessel off the Strait of Malacca last fall, the junior officer of the deck spotted the merchant vessel and alerted the officer in charge, according to testimony Tuesday during the court-martial of Cmdr. John Cochrane, skipper of the Kinkaid. Fifteen minutes before the actual crash, the merchant vessel Kota Petani flashed its lights to warn the Kinkaid, which was on the wrong side of the busy channel.
June 3, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
FT. HOOD, TEXAS - A military judge ruled that Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in a mass shooting, may represent himself at his upcoming court-martial. The military judge, Col. Tara Abbey Osborn, issued her ruling Monday after an Army physician testified that Hasan, 42, had the stamina to sit and concentrate at trial. Hasan was paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by police during the 2009 attack at Ft. Hood. The physician, Maj. Prasad Lakshminarasimhiah, testified that Hasan suffered no recurring pain or other major complications from his injuries.
March 10, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - The Army improperly interfered with the decision to reject Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair's offer to plead guilty to lesser charges in his sexual assault case, a military judge ruled Monday. Col. James L. Pohl said there was evidence that Army officials had exerted "unlawful command influence" when a three-star general turned down Sinclair's offer before the trial. The judge gave defense attorneys the option of renewing Sinclair's original plea offer or making a different one; in any case, he said, the case must be overseen by a new command authority.
A court-martial jury will soon decide the fate of the central figure in the Army's Aberdeen sexual misconduct case, yet that verdict will leave unanswered a far more urgent question: Where were the officers when the military's worst sex scandal was taking shape? In eight days of testimony about accused rapist Staff Sgt. Delmar G.
September 29, 2009 | Kim Murphy
Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada will be discharged by the end of the week, concluding the fight over his refusal to deploy to Iraq, an Army spokesman said Monday. After a court-martial proceeding that ended in a mistrial, the Army has elected not to attempt further prosecution and instead will discharge the first lieutenant, who argued he would be participating in war crimes if he fought in Iraq. "What was approved was basically his request to resign in lieu of a general court-martial for the good of the service," said spokesman Joseph Piek at Ft. Lewis, Wash.
February 7, 2007 | Lynn Marshall and Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writers
First Lt. Ehren Watada "brought shame upon himself, his unit and the U.S. Army," a military prosecutor said Tuesday at a court-martial for the Honolulu soldier, whose refusal to ship out to Iraq has made him a hero to some and a coward to others.
January 14, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Camp Pendleton -- The former Marine officer who gave Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich the order to "clear" an Iraqi house near the site of an explosion that had just killed a Marine testified Friday that he expected Wuterich and his squad to "kill or capture the enemy I thought was in that building. " William Kallop, who was a lieutenant in 2005 and is now a stockbroker in New York, said he believed insurgents inside the house were firing on Marines and thus the house could be deemed "hostile.
October 14, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
Just after lunch on Nov. 5, an Army psychiatrist inside the medical processing center at Ft. Hood did something that mystified Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford, the enlisted man in charge at the center that day. Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, suddenly stood up, shouted, "Allahu Akbar!" ? Arabic for "God is great" ? and reached under his uniform top. "I was wondering why he would say, 'Allahu Akbar,' " Lunsford recalled Wednesday at a hearing for Hasan, who is charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 others that day. As Lunsford struggled to make sense of what the psychiatrist was doing, he said, Hasan pulled out a handgun and opened fire on soldiers awaiting medical processing.
March 7, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- Sobbing and burying her head in her hands, a U.S. Army captain testified Friday that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex in her office in Afghanistan after she demanded that he remove her from her job working directly for him. The sexual assaults took place with her office door open in a military office complex on busy Kandahar Air Field, she testified. In the first attack, she said, Sinclair roughly pushed her head and shoulders down after she told him, "I hated my life.
March 19, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair broke down in tears Wednesday at his sentencing hearing, asking the judge to allow him to retire at a reduced rank instead of dismissing him from the Army, which would deprive him of military benefits and "punish" his family for his adulterous affair with an captain. "I have squandered a fortune of life's blessings, blessings of family, work and friendship," the one-star general said in court. "I have put myself and [the] Army in this position with my selfish, self-destructive and hurtful acts.
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