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January 13, 2014

General's sexual misconduct trial has a charged backdrop

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The judge authorized the defense to examine the phone and several others owned by the captain.

Before the proliferation of military sexual abuse cases in recent years, some military law experts say, Sinclair may well have been allowed to quietly plead guilty to adultery and leave the service.

Historically, generals and admirals accused of misconduct have been dealt with out of the spotlight and given administrative punishments, said Eugene R. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale.

But because of the political climate and the sensational nature of the allegations against Sinclair, Fidell said, “it just wasn’t possible for this case to be swept under the rug.”

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