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Army general sex case adjourned until Thursday

March 20, 2014 • National News


In this photo taken on Monday, March 17, 2014, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair embraces his defense attorney Ellen C. Brotman outside the Fort Bragg, N.C. courthouse. Lawyers for Sinclair, an Army general who admitted to emotionally harming a subordinate during an affair, will argue Tuesday, March 18, 2014, he shouldn’t face jail time for a crime that civilians wouldn’t be prosecuted for. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Johnny Horne)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A general who broke military law repeatedly during a three-year extramarital affair with a subordinate should be thrown out of the Army and lose his benefits, prosecutors said Wednesday during closing arguments at his sentencing.

The defense argued that dismissing Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair from the military would do the most harm to his wife and children, calling them the only innocent people in the case.

After both sides finished, Judge Col. James Pohl adjourned the hearing until Thursday morning — meaning Sinclair will have to wait at least one more day to learn his fate. Sinclair’s sentencing comes as the military and Congress grapple with sex crimes in the ranks.

Prosecutor Maj. Rebecca DiMuro disputed the notion promoted by the defense that Sinclair made an uncharacteristic mistake in an otherwise stellar Login to read more

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