Experts say Fort Bragg likely violated the First Amendment when it sought to prohibit reporters from identifying accusers at a soldier’s arraignment.
The Observer doesn’t publish names of victims of sexual crimes. But Pernell faces charges other than sex crimes.
The FayObserver writes:
Lt. Col. Dave Connolly, an 82nd Airborne Division spokesman, said the rule was meant to protect the victims’ privacy and "to make sure the process itself is just for all involved."
The paper and Fort Bragg does however print or release the names of accused’s prior to a conviction.