Column: Nothing good in military sexual-assault verdicts




The verdicts are in, and only one thing seems certain. No one in the two sensational military sexual assault cases is innocent — not the general or his woman scorned nor the Naval Academy midshipman and his once reluctant accuser nor for that matter the woeful system that prosecuted the whole mess.

To paraphrase a legal adage, bad cases often bring bad results, and that above anything else seems to be the conclusion here.

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair escapes without jail time after being charged with forcing a sexual act on his ex-mistress, an allegation that could have brought him life in prison. He gets reprimanded and fined $20,000. He now just wants to hug his wife and kids. I’ll bet he does, if they’re dumb enough to accept him.

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