Readers may recall the Wright case, which was an Air Force sexual assault prosecution that was dismissed last year by Air Force Lieutenant General Craig Franklin. After General Franklin dismissed the charges, authority over the case was transferred to Air Force District of Washington in Maryland, new charges were preferred, a second Article 32 pretrial investigation was conducted, and the charges were referred to trial. Litigation of defense claims of unlawful command influence followed, and the trial judge eventually abated the proceedings after the Government asserted an attorney-client privilege over documents sought by the defense in connection with those claims. The Government appealed that abatement and the AFCCA reversed, finding that the military judge’s findings were incomplete.
In a story available here, the Air Force Times reports that Airman Wright was just acquitted of all charges at trial:
An airman has been found not guilty of sexual assault after his case was transferred from Europe to Washington following a three-star general’s initial decision not to proceed with a court-martial.
A military panel of three officers and four enlisted airmen exonerated Senior Airman Brandon Wright on Wednesday evening, said Maj. Joel Harper, a spokesman for the Air Force District of Washington.
Wright had been accused of aggravated sexual assault in connection with a July 2012 incident while he was stationed at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Wright had also been charged with rape, but the prosecution later withdrew that charge.
Update: As noted in the comments, Stars & Stripes also has a report about the case, available here.