WE WARNED ABOUT A "RUSH TO JUDGMENT"
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Back in December, when we first started covering the Col. Dan Wilson situation,, we warned you: "Call it a gut feeling or whatever, but we caution everyone to take a deep breath and withhold judgment on this case until all the facts are in."
Now, Wilson's attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, has gone on record with revelations that the prosecution charges against his client are specious at best. Back when the first news broke about the colonel and his incarceration in the brig, we received such vituperative e-mails that it would be impossible for us to print some of them on MCC - they were that vile.
Some of the wilder suggestions included Col. Wilson being castrated; hung from a tree by a certain part of his anatomy; and one writer volunteered to "put a bullet in his diseased brain." In retrospect, this reaction may have been just what the JAG wanted, but it was extremely unfair to a man who has dedicated nearly four decades of his life to honorable service in the Marine Corps.
A HARMLESS JOKE TO A CHILD THAT BACKFIRED
Take for example, one of the charges, Stackhouse says, states the colonel "sexually assaulted" a female child under the age of 16. In fact, in the initial press release, it hinted that Wilson had done something very evil to a six year-old. Such inflammatory rhetoric deprives the Mason, Washington native of his basic rights under the UCMJ. That is the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. We have readers who would contend that phrase should be changed to "guilty until proven innocent."
Stackhouse granted an interview to Marine Corps TIMES in which he cited just how off the wall the "sexual assault" on a child charge was. The military defense attorney said the young "victim" - in the presence of several adult witnesses - had observed that Wilson had a glass in his hand and asked the Marine officer what he was drinking. Wilson actually was sipping scotch on the rocks.
Knowing that hard liquor in a clear glass looked like something else, the colonel reportedly joked: "It's apple juice. Want some?" The rest of the people in the room laughed out loud. So much for "sexual assault and battery."
WHY WAIT TO REPORT THE COLONEL?
Another questionable charge derived from an adult female who told the NCIS that Wilson had "inappropriately" touched her "several times" during a motor trip from North to South Carolina and back in 2016. The allegation stemmed from the first day of a four day journey, which included Mrs. Wilson, the three staying at rest facilities along the way.
The record will show that the accuser never complained to Wilson or his wife during the remainder of the trip and did not contact authorities until two weeks after the brief sojurn was completed. Stackhouse suggested that the false claim arose from a later personal dispute between the unidentified adult female accuser and the colonel's wife.
Is Col. Wilson being "railroaded?" Now we can see why the former G-3 operations officer for II Marine Expeditionary Force wants to plead innocent and move on to court-martial. He feels a jury of his fellow Marines, even flag-rank officers susceptible to "good old boy" command influence, would find him not guilty.
WHAT DO OUR READERS THINK?
We note that the prosecution has refused to discuss details of the allegations made, or even release to the media the simple charge sheet in this case. Why is that? Are they afraid their house of cards will come tumbling down?
What do you think, Marines? In fact, we invite our wide reading audience to chime in with your views. Our contention is that this is a suspiciously-weak case and perhaps there are other reasons the Corps seems hell-bent to get Wilson. Stay tuned. We will be covering the court-martial for you from Camp Lejeune.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: -- You may have noticed a recent addition to our links list has been Save Our Heroes Project (www.saveourheroesproject.com). They are a non-profit organization (501 C-3) founded in 2015 and devoted to helping military service members and their families who are facing false allegations, unfair military judicial action, and those who have been wrongfully convicted. Please give them a look. They have our heartfelt salute and deep respect.]
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