The Wright court-martial drags on as Judge Kastenberg threatens to dismiss the case if he doesn’t see emails from the AF TJAG and SecAirForce. Stars and Stripes report here. The case against Airman 1st Class Brandon T. Wright went to an Art. 32 and resulted in a recommendation of dismissal. The CA was, unfortunately, Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin. After he chose not to refer the case, senior AF officials became involved. This resulted in a new Art. 32 hearing (now at JB Andrews) and a new CA, Maj. Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar, deciding to refer the case. Defense counsel want emails between senior officials to determine if there was UCI. Judge Kastenberg has agreed, but the Air Force is refusing to produce them, even for an in camera review by the judge. Prior coverage here.
Major General Michael Harrison, former Commander of USA Japan, has been retired at one lower paygrade as a result of his mishandling of a sexual assault case, Stars and Stripes report here. The mishandling arose from a DoD civilian Japanese employee’s report of misconduct by an Army Colonel that was a longtime colleague of the General. According to S&S:
Harrison referred the case to criminal investigators only after a reporter from Stars and Stripes spoke to the victim and inquired with U.S. Army Japan about the allegations. Previously, the general had ordered only an internal investigation of the allegations, in violation of regulations.
More than two months elapsed between the woman’s allegation of sexual assault and her first contact with Army Criminal Investigation Command, the IG reported.