U.S. Army Sexual Harassment Summary Courts-Martial Acquittals Reveal “Complaining Witness” Obstructed Justice!

I recently defended two courts-martials in which the alleged victim (i.e. “the complaining witness”) claimed to have been offended by separately made statements. made by my client,  while they were jointly stationed at Ft. Lewis/JBLM. During these summary courts-martial, a Perry Mason moment occurred when a witness for the government admitted, under oath that the complaining witness, told him to lie in his sworn statement to the investigating officer.  As a result, both courts-martial I defended resulted in “Not Guilty” findings. During our case, significantly, we never contested what was said, instead I focused on the fact that the complaining witness was exaggerating her story to get a transfer out of the unit.  This was a fabulous win, and only goes to show that complaining witnesses will definitely seek out others to help support their case, even if it means getting them to lie in sworn statements.

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