Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Naval Academy Instructor's Conviction Reported by Washington Post

Washington Post reporter John Woodrow Cox announced online that an upcoming story for the Post next week will center around a Marine Major who was acquitted of sexual assault allegations against two midshipmen with whom he supposedly had a threesome:

At his court-martial, a jury acquitted him of the sexual assault charge but convicted him of five lesser crimes. A year later, amid intense pressure on the military to address sexual misconduct, something remarkable happened: Another group of military officers concluded that he should never have been found guilty in the first place.

Maj Thompson was not dismissed (equivalent of a dishonorable discharge for officers) at his Court-martial, so it sounds like the Marine Corps might have initiated a Board of Inquiry to separate him from the military on the offenses for which he was convicted.  And, it sounds like he fought the charges at the Board of Inquiry who was able to determine that he should have never been found guilty in the first place.  Of course, no media outlet reported about a possible wrongful conviction for two years, so kudos to John W. Cox for putting a spotlight on the injustice of this conviction.

For anyone interested in how military justice is overtaking military intelligence in the oxymoron category, this story will be a must read.  For anyone interested in how one could become a

Here is a link to one of the many previous stories about his conviction. 

Washington Post reporter John Woodrow Cox reports on Marine who insisted that he was wrongfully convicted, then had the conviction deemed wrongful by a Board of Inquiry.  Through an interesting twist, it appears there was more to the story.