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General won’t plead guilty if it means sex-offender registry, defense says

(CNN) — The defense and prosecution were hammering out a plea deal Tuesday in the court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, but no matter what the negotiations hold, the defense says three things are off the table.

First, Sinclair won’t plead guilty to sexual assault, said Josh Zeitz, a spokesman for the general’s defense team. Nor will he plead guilty to any charge that will land him on a sex-offender registry. And lastly, Zeitz said, Sinclair will not plead guilty to threatening his accuser or her family. Full Article

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  1. wonderin

    General won’t plead guilty if it means sex-offender registry, defense says:

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/11/justice/jeffrey-sinclair-court-martial/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

  2. Joe

    … in 3, 2, 1… but it isn’t punishment! Said if first – Huzzah!

    And clearly the good General is not in favor of protecting children…

  3. Q

    If this guy is guilty he needs to be nailed to a cross like the rest of us; web site, yearly registration, subject to plethora of lame laws, the whole nine yards. Double standards are BS!!!!

    • Q

      (PS) The irony of it!! Kind of funny to see them (the system) feeding on their own.

  4. wonderin

    Someone as influential as a General, willing to risk harsh punishment in lieu of registration, might sway some judges and legislators in the way they perceive the process.

  5. Brubaker

    Hence the point of equal protection and far outta bounds of ex post facto as we are on a registry today he can clearly see is lifetime punishment ….we all would in similarly situated of plea bargain would negotiate so as to be off registry……….they need to have everyone listed today to be off registry and start over upon new crime …..this case clearly sees punishment …its against the foundation of law.

  6. Bluewall

    Being experienced in being courtmartialed .. Welcome General to the path you sent many on…
    Now some interesting facts… a military judge almost nevers orders registration on anyone, that is up to the states when they get their hands on the record of trial and process those crimes in comparison to what they have..
    Also there is no certificate of rehabilitation.. only one that can forgive is the president… which is never..

    Also you are guilty until proven innocent under the UCMJ. For them to get to the point of a trial, there is already overwhelming evidence stacked against the General… If there was little to no solid evidence the chain of command would of shut this down and sweep it under the rug…
    There will be no sway in legislation on the General’s reaction to a registration.. because the Government always sees military courtmartials has the perfect system.. 98% conviction rate..

    • Bluewall

      The UCMJ is an entirely different animal compared to normal court… From punishments ranging from bread and water rations to hangings… A system that judges the husband (soldier) for the wrongs of his wife… bounce checks to being a slut… You late to work you don’t get fired, if the chain of command doesn’t release you from your service, the UCMJ serves out time in a Citadel or a Brig.. Which I won’t wish upon anyone accused of lesser crimes… an environment where everyone is trained to kill, produces inhuman guards that are heavy handed on split second decisions..
      The UCMJ has a Ace in hole if it can’t nail you with any other conviction is a Art 134.. which is the catch all.. basically since you are here in court being judged, it shows you are an immoral person who should be sentenced on something…
      Also the UCMJ is very affected by social climate.. If you are a soldier overseas in Japan, and a Japanese citizen said you bugger her.. and there is no proof at all, your guilty because the US government want good relations with Japan… And judging by the social climate of sex offender hunts going on by all levels of the government.. the General is going to be an example…

  7. Eric Knight

    BOTTOME LINE:

    If the request to keep from being registered is accepted by the judge, CA RSOL should be ALL OVER THIS in all future court proceedings involving any sex offender issue as PROOF that the registry schema is punitive, not regulatory, and in fact could probably be challenged on that facet alone.

  8. margaret moon

    I should like to point out that anyone of lower rank convicted of a sex offense would lose his pension. Part of the general’s plea bargain was a “reduced pension.” And now he is refusing to plead if he must register. It must be nice to have the power to negotiate your own punishment.

    • Brubaker

      And that’s my point..today’s accused of ‘sex’ crime you best believe will have 100% plea bargain and be off registry…what we know today we didn’t know upon that accusation over twenty years ago…its for sure in california you won’t get a fair trial..they don’t want you to win.

  9. Guru Bruce

    Oh Boy,,,Um This is gonna be interesting how it turns out. I knew eventually this would happen a box within a box,,,? It’s starting to unravel & unsettle allot of people…& Brubaker said it… If Your accused You Will be Convicted one way or another in Cali. Now You can do it the Hard way or the really hard way! But to ask for no registry req’s & Get it? Yea That is a blatant outrage & HA,HA! in the face of the voters that voted for these laws. not to mention All those suffering due to them.

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