Sinclair trial delayed “indefinitely,” Senate passes the “Victims Protection Act,” and a once-dismissed Air Force case is referred for trial
Attorneys for an Army general charged with sexual assault said Tuesday that they have decided to try to renegotiate a plea bargain with a new set of military officials after the judge determined that the case may have been improperly influenced by political concerns.
Judge Col. James Pohl sent the jury of generals back to their duty stations around the world after attorneys for Brig. Gen Jeffrey A. Sinclair announced their decision. The two sides will enter negotiations to try to resolve the case. A new general and legal advisers would have to be brought in to approve any new deal.
Additional coverage in this local media story and this LA Times story. But if you haven’t been following along over the past few days, you’re probably going to want to at least skim our recent coverage at this link.
The Senate passed Senator McCaskill’s “Victims Protection Act” (S. 1917) (link to Thomas) by a vote of 97-0. Coverage of the bill is available in our Military Justice Legislation category. The Hill reports here that the bill may not get consideration in the House outside of the normal NDAA process.
And finally, from this Air Force Times Report:
An airman whose sexual assault case was dismissed last September by former Third Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin will now face court-martial on rape charges.