HAS MARINE COLONEL "TOSSED IN THE TOWEL?"
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In a surprise development, a Marine colonel facing charges of sexual assault and battery inexplicably waived his right to an Article 32 preliminary hearing. The proceedings were supposed to take place this week, but were scrubbed at the last minute when Phillip Stackhouse, Col. Daniel Wilson's civilian counsel, notified the Corps. of the colonel's wishes.
Some of our readers wondered if the Mason, Wash. native was admitting guilt and "tossed in the towel," much like a battered prize fighter who knows he will only achieve defeat.
Wilson had been receiving care at an unspecified North Carolina treatment facility when the Naval Criminal Investigative Service decided to send military police to "grab up" the 36-year USMC veteran and toss him in the brig (see Related Stories below this article). We tried and failed to make contact with Wilson's lawyer, Mr. Stackhouse.
Some readers felt that waiving his rights in that manner, was a tacit admission by Col. Wilson that he was indeed guilty and had given up on trying to save himself and his up-until-now, clean military record.
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Wilson remains in the Camp Lejeune Brig where he has been incarcerated since January 13th. Initial charges against the colonel were brought last November, but the senior officer was allowed to retain his freedom up until more allegations recently surfaced and it became untenable for the Corps. to continue to spare the colonel confinement.
G-3 Operations officer for the II Marine Expeditionary Force in his lengthy career, Wilson served with the III MEF in the Pacific as well as being commanding officer of the Weapons and Field Training Division, Military Recruit Depot at Parris Island, So. Carolina.
Final determination on whether or not Wilson will be court-martialed rests with II Division commanding officer, Maj. Gen. W. L. Miller Jr. He will decide in the next few weeks if Wilson will face court-martial, non-judicial punishment, or have the charges dropped. Let us know ASAP your views on this case. Thanks.
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