A case in the Air Force out of Dover AFB. Civilian prosecutors dropped a child sexual abuse case, but the military pushed forward. Air flforce Times has the report on SGTbJesus Munoz’s acquittal here. The Sergeants attorney’s spin:
“We presented housing and deployment records” at the trial, Waddington said. When the child testified, “he admitted he and his mother had been practicing a long time what he should say [on the stand]. … He said that if he didn’t come up with something, [he] was going to get in a lot of trouble.”
Patrick Air Force base public affairs had not responded Monday to an Oct. 24 request to speak to the prosecutor on the case.
Does this make the system look better or worse that it takes cases civilians refuse to prosecute and then the prosecution loses the case? Because it happens in the sexual assault area a lot.
Iraq war deserters still in Canada, Winnipeg News reports here.
The Air Force is investigating how Chief Master Sergeant Eric Soluri was promoted three times after being convicted and serving jail time for a domestic violence offense. AF Times report here.
MSGT Timothy Hennis files ex write at CAAF, FayObs report here. Hennis, for our occasional reader, was tried three times for the murder of Kathryn Eastburn, the wife of an Air Force captain who was out of town on temporary duty. She was raped and killed in the Eastburn family’s home outside Fort Bragg on 9 May 1985. The Eastburns’ three- and five-year-old daughters were also murdered. Their infant baby was left alone in her crib. The baby’s cries two days after the murders alerted neighbors that something was wrong. Law enforcement officials quickly focused on Timothy Hennis, a soldier at Fort Bragg who had been to the Eastburns’ home to pick up a dog a few days before the murders. In 1986, Hennis was tried by the state of North Carolina for the three murders and rape. He was convicted and sentenced to death. The North Carolina Supreme Court reversed the conviction, holding that the trial court erred by allowing the prosecution to present numerous grizzly crime-scene and autopsy photographs during the guilt/innocence stage. State v. Hennis, 372 S.E.2d 523 (N.C. 1988). Two justices dissented. Id. at 528-31. In 1989, Hennis was retried by the State of North Carolina and acquitted. After advances in DNA revealed new evidence implicating Hennis, the military recalled him from the retired list to try him–his recall and the question of jurisdiction is the source of his ex writ–where he was convicted and sentenced to death. See the rest of the story at our Top 10 post here.
Thanks to all of our zombie contributors for correcting my hastily posted prior version–it is your week and all.