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Claiming “Mixed Signals” Is a Great Rape Defense, Says Military Times

Gawker reports:

The United States armed forces have a sexual assault problem. As in: How does a service member avoid sexual assault charges? Fortunately, Military Times’ legal advice columnist has you covered: If you can claim you got mixed signals, you can beat the rap.

To be clear, that columnist—attorney and war veteran Matthew B. Tully—is just the messenger in his Wednesday column, “Ask the Lawyer: ‘Mixed signals’ may be defense against sex charge.” Tully answers a direct question with a recent precedent from military law. It’s just that the precedent is pretty disturbing.

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