WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for a woman at the center of a sexual assault case involving two U.S Naval Academy midshipmen says military prosecutors plan to recommend dropping a charge against one of the men.
The lawyer, Ryan Guilds, said prosecutors told the woman and her lawyers Thursday they intend to recommend dropping the charge against Midshipman Eric Graham of Alabama.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request by a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman accused of sexual assault to recuse the academy's superintendent from the case.
Jason Ehrenberg, an attorney for Midshipman Josh Tate, said Wednesday he still hopes to prevail in arguing later that undue command influence has prompted the case to move forward to a court-martial amid a heightened focus on sexual assault in the military.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A lawyer for a U.S. Naval Academy student accused of sexual assault is asking a federal judge to remove the superintendent from deciding who will serve on a court-martial panel that will decide the case.
Jason Ehrenberg, an attorney for Midshipman Josh Tate, wrote in the court filing submitted Tuesday night that Vice Adm. Michael Miller decided to refer the case to a court-martial, despite recommendations from an investigating officer and Miller's own senior counsel not to do so.
There will be no public disclosure of medical or financial documents in the sexual assault case brought against Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips by Katelynn Dunlap who is seeking unspecified damages.
The judge in the case has ordered her attorneys to keep those confidential including one that shows he was a crime victim.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Naval Academy spokesman says an investigative officer who presided over a hearing involving three midshipmen in an alleged sexual assault case has forwarded his recommendations to the academy's superintendent.
Cmdr. John Schofield, the academy spokesman, confirmed Monday the report has been sent to the academy. Vice Adm. Michael Miller, the superintendent, is currently the commanding authority assigned to decide whether the case will proceed to a court-marital.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A midshipman accusing three former Naval Academy football players of sexually assaulting her wants the school's superintendent to remove himself from deciding whether the men will be court-martialed.
The woman's attorney, Susan Burke, announced Thursday that a federal lawsuit filed in Maryland seeks a court order directing Vice Adm. Michael Miller to recuse himself.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Navy investigator has testified in a hearing to help determine whether three U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will face a court martial on sexual assault charges.
Special Agent Michelle Robinson testified Tuesday from Bahrain by video teleconference in the Article 32 hearing at the Washington Navy Yard. Robinson testified that the woman at the center of the case told her in an interview that she was unsure whether sexual encounters with the men were consensual or not.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen testified Monday at a hearing to help determine whether three students will be court-martialed in a sexual assault case.
Midshipman Christa Kamon, a friend of the alleged victim, testified she saw her fall down while dancing at an alcohol-fueled, off-campus toga party in Annapolis, Md., in April 2012. Kamon also testified her friend was slurring her speech. Defense attorneys questioned Kamon's recollection.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman who is accusing three fellow Naval Academy midshipmen of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus party has testified that she doesn't remember the alleged attack but that rumors spread quickly that she had sex with six to nine people.
The senior testified for more than two hours Wednesday at the Washington Navy Yard at a hearing that will determine if the three former football players will face court-martial.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy is trying to make training about ways to prevent sexual assault part of the regular academic work day.
Capt. Bill Byrne, the commandant of midshipmen, said Wednesday that's a change, because the training has been done at night, during briefings and in role-playing venues outside of classroom hours. He says it's believed the change will improve the training by making it part of the core curriculum.
Byrne says the academy will implement the change for the spring semester.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - President Barack Obama says sexual assault threatens the "trust and discipline" that makes the U.S. military strong and respected.
Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony, Obama urged new graduates to exhibit honor and courage in tackling incidents of sexual assault as they assume leadership positions in the military.
The Pentagon has been rocked by another allegation of sexual assault in Fort Hood allegedly involving a sergeant who oversaw the prevention program against such abuse. Baltimore resident Brian Lewis served in the Navy from the late 1990's until 2001 and a Senate committee investigating the scandals that he too was assaulted. He spoke with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about his story and reaction to the latest revelations. Lewis is also a member of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group involved with this issue.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed for a court order to enforce reforms in Delaware prisons claiming the Department of Corrections has failed to follow through on its promises to protect female prisoners from sexual assault.
The legal action comes five years after a female prisoner reported being raped by a prison guard.
That resulted in a year and a-half of civil lawsuits brought with the help of the ACLU which resulted in a settlement.