Prosecutor in Army sex case wanted charges dropped

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - A judge is refusing to dismiss the most serious charges against a U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault.

Attorneys for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair argued Tuesday the charges should be dismissed because they say top Army commanders unlawfully interfered in the case after the lead prosecutor said he didn't think it should go forward.

Sinclair faces a court-martial on charges that include physically forcing a female captain under his command to perform oral sex. He faces life in prison if convicted of all of the charges.

According to testimony Tuesday, the former lead prosecutor said he was convinced the accuser had lied about crucial evidence, but thought the case was of such importance to the military's crackdown on sexual assaults, he felt pressured to pursue it.


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