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System also on trial at Brig. Gen. Jeff Sinclair’s court-martial

The Fayetteville Observer reports:

Two issues go on trial Tuesday at the same time, in the same courtroom, at Fort Bragg.

One is the court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeff Sinclair, a battle-seasoned, once rising star in the Army. He is accused of sexually assaulting an officer under his command near the end of a long-running adulterous affair.

The second puts the military’s criminal justice system to the test. Critics have accused the military of being soft on sexual misconduct and sexual predators in the ranks. Now, as powerful politicians, including President Obama, are exerting pressure for the military to take strong action in sexual assault cases, Sinclair’s defense lawyers say the tide may be turning too far the other way.

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