Officer: Conviction tough in Naval Academy case

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 12:33 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A report by a military officer says it will be a difficult if not impossible task to prove two former U.S. Naval Academy football players sexually assaulted a midshipman because the woman's contradictory and misleading testimony heavily damaged her credibility.

The investigating officer's report, which was obtained by The Associated Press, recommended against court-martialing the accused.

But the academy's superintendent decided last month to court-martial Midshipmen Josh Tate and Eric Graham in the case involving an intoxicated classmate at an off-campus party.

Susan Burke, an attorney for the alleged victim, says prosecutors in the case weren't effective. She also expressed concerns that the investigation was not done properly.

Attorneys for Tate and Graham say political pressure surrounding the military's efforts to stamp out sexual assault resulted in the case moving forward.

Print
Email
|