- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The lead prosecutor in the Army’s case against Brig. Gen. Sinclair was removed after he became persuaded that the government’s chief witness was lying about certain evidence. He felt strongly about it, saying to a superior, “She lied to me. She lied to me. She [expletive] lied to me. Why would she lie to me?”
Said superior officer visited him in a Washington-area hotel and decided that the prosecutor was going nuts. “I’ve never seen a human being so stripped of logic and rationality,” related Brig. Gen. Paul Wilson, the prosecutor’s commander.
(My side question: Why were two Army lawyers meeting at the Ritz Carlton? If they are on the taxpayers’ tab, I think Days Inn might be better.)
Meanwhile, the Bozo Prize for flat-out stupidity goes to BG Sinclair for having 9,100 pornographic images on his computer. To further confuse things, he is pleading guilty to some of the charges, but not to the most serious ones. I do not understand what that really means.
In other senior officer criminal news, an Air Guard colonel based in Pittsburgh has been charged with 100 counts of theft, conspiracy, and wire fraud.