In today’s WaPo, Dana Priest and Anne Hull report that the IO has recommended against disciplining 1LT Whiteside. Here’s a link to their piece.
“One of the Army values is integrity, which is defined as doing what is right, legally and morally,” Maj. Mervin H. Steals, the investigating officer assigned to conduct a preliminary hearing, wrote in his decision. “The moral thing to do is dismiss these charges, to allow 1LT Whiteside to end her military service and receive the benefits that she will desperately need for the remainder of her life.”
They also report:
Wolfe [the TC] “failed to present any evidence contradicting the Defense claim” that Whiteside suffered from a psychotic break, Steals wrote. Having heard testimony from two senior psychiatrists, Steals said “it is clear [she] was not mentally responsible for the events of this day.”
Finally, they report:
Even if Whiteside were aware of the wrongfulness of her suicide attempt, [the IO] said, “the idea of referring charges on her for this act would be inhumane.”