I wondered how women in the armed services or even outside would feel about this General Sinclair getting off with a slap on the wrist. I know I wasn't at the trial, but it seems that the colonel who was that judge in this case probably was thinking about his career when he made this decision. What really is irritating is that is the fine is a pitance of what the man earns.
I hope that his victim sues him for damages.
By Tracy Connor
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair — who struck a plea deal after being accused of sexually assaulting his former lover — was sentenced Thursday to pay $24,100 in fines and restitution, but not jailed or demoted.
The most serious charges against Sinclair, 51, were dropped as part of the deal he made midway through his high-profile court martial, but he still could have faced prison time.
Instead, a military judge gave him a reprimand, ordered him to pay $5,000 a month for four months, plus $4,100 for improper use of his official credit card, NBC affiliate WNCN reported from Fort Bragg, N.C.
His rank was not reduced, but if it's unclear of his pension will be intact.
Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., whose bill to strip brass of their authority of sexual assault cases, said the Sinclair case shows the military justice system is "in dire need of independence from the chain of command."
"It's not only the right thing to do for our men and women in uniform, but would also mitigate issues of undue command influence that we have seen in many trials over the last year," she said.
"When survivors and defense attorneys both agree we need to reform the system, it should tell us the system needs reform.”