Yesterday, Washington Post reporter Dan Lamothe published this report about the Grazioplene case. It provides a pretty comprehensive overview of situation that we’ve been watching for about 16 months, and begins:

For retired Maj. Gen. James J. Grazioplene, getting arrested and photographed in an orange jumpsuit in Northern Virginia this month was the latest humiliation following a lengthy military investigation in which the Army charged him with rape, only to have the case dismissed on a technicality.

For his daughter and military prosecutors, it was something else: a second chance at seeing whether a court will convict Grazioplene of rape.

Jennifer M. Elmore, 47, said in an interview that she first reported to the Army in 2015 that her estranged father had sexually abused her when she was a child. The service investigated for two years before bringing a case against Grazioplene in April 2017.

10 Responses to “MG Grazioplene’s alleged victim speaks”

  1. stewie says:

    Obviously only one side, but on it’s face slona certainly suggests to me this isn’t a frivolous prosecution, although again just based on one side, not saying anything more than just it appears there is at least some evidence.

  2. Sir Visdis Crediting says:

    She’s 47 and claims she can remember abuse occurring when she was 3. That’s an extraordinary claim, and I’d want to know if she ever underwent recovered memory therapy.

  3. stewie says:

    I don’t know about extraordinary. It’s unusual to remember things at 3, but not extraordinary. I certainly remember things when I was 4, and I have a brief flash of a memory of something when I am pretty sure I was 2. Couple more tiny nuggets until I reached third grade, then it starts filling in.
     
    I do think the possible admissions that appear to have witnesses and possible letter evidence certainly lend possible credence, but of course it all bears on the credibility of those witnesses and evidence, which obviously none of us know anything about from a distance.

  4. Advocaat says:

    The comments to the Post’s story should be eye-opening for the parties if Virginia’s equivalent to Rule 414 permits the alleged victim’s entire story to be admitted.  Ah, Rule414istan, the graveyard of defendants.

  5. MilJus 4eva says:

    Why not just charge the mother as a principal to put some heat on the general?  With the prospect of his wife doing some hard time, I bet the old man would roll over.  Seems pretty simple.

  6. Concerned Defender says:

    MilJus 4eva says:
    December 19, 2018 at 1:22 PM  
     

    Why not just charge the mother as a principal to put some heat on the general?  With the prospect of his wife doing some hard time, I bet the old man would roll over.  Seems pretty simple.

    I thought prosecutors were meant to enforce laws and maintain high ethical standards, and only charge known crimes where there is probable cause to believe a crime occurred and the person being charged did it.  Is that wrong?  Or are we now suggesting they just charge loved ones, as apparently what’s occurred in the Flynn guilty plea as well. 
     

  7. Big Shrimpin' says:

    CD, as the old saying goes, you’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelet.  You of all people should know that.  And based on the reporting, the wife knew of the alleged abuse.  More than enough to charge her as a principal and put the screws to the old man.

  8. Fisch says:

    CD, 
     
    You are speaking of prosecutorial charging discretion prior to 2007. That was the weapon of an ethical TC who erred on the bright side of right. Not as random or as clumsy as a multiplicious DD Form 458, or an SVP who turns a blind eye towards exculpatory evidence, or the tactic of charging everyone in hopes that one of the accuseds will provide information, no matter how incredible, just so you could get a conviction against your real target; pre-2007 prosecutorial discretion was an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

  9. Barry McCockiner says:

    Fisch, 
    Charging discretion doesn’t mean you have to be a pansy.  Prosecutors should push the limits.  Let the defense push back if they can.  But the ultimate goal is to put dirtbags in the hole.  Never forget that.
    McCockiner, out.

  10. Vulture says:

    Does the principle theory apply in VA’s lack of SOL the same way as rape does?