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FayObserver reports:

An 82nd Airborne soldier suspected of sexually assaulting seven women in Fort Bragg, Fayetteville and Hoke County will face a military judge Thursday.

Spec. Aaron Michael Pernell, 22, has been held in military custody at Fort Bragg since his Feb. 1 arrest. He is suspected in two break-ins and a sexual assault in December and a September break-in, all of which occurred on post.

On Thursday, Purnell will face a military judge in an Article 32 hearing, which is the military equivalent of a probable-cause hearing, to determine whether a court-martial is warranted.

Hennis closing arguments are finished and the members are deliberating.

Defense lawyer Frank J. Spinner declared in his closing statement, "We’re not afraid of the evidence."

He warned jurors to avoid the tunnel vision he said caused the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office detectives to make the facts fit the suspect they already had.

"They want you to wear blinders," he said of the prosecution.

But the DNA made Spinner blink. He could not find a way around experts who explained that Hennis’ semen had been found in Eastburn’s vagina, though he tried to show the evidence could have been tampered with over time.

On Wednesday, Spinner took a big risk.

He suggested that Hennis, who was married at the time, might have been guilty of adultery, but not murder. It was the first time Hennis’ side had admitted he could have had sex with Eastburn.


Army Times reports.A Fort Knox soldier has been assigned a desk job while the Army investigates an allegation he showed the photograph of a topless woman to a high school student during a recruiting visit.

Chuck Palazzo of Veterans Today writes on the anniversary of Mai Lai (16 March).

CNN reports:

U.S. Park Police arrested a gay soldier and another man Thursday after they handcuffed themselves to the fence surrounding the White House in protest of the military’s policy preventing gay and lesbian service members from serving openly.

Note, the video shows that these Soldiers are in cammies.  So not only do they have an issue with the Park Police, but also Army regulations on political demonstrations while in uniform.

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