Green Berets Await Judges’ Decisions

Jeffrey MacDonald, convicted in the 1970 stabbing and beating deaths of his pregnant wife and two daughters, recently had a new hearing and is waiting for a federal judge to decide whether he will receive a new trial or have his conviction vacated altogether, according to a recent Los Angeles Times report. He’s not alone among former Army Green Berets hoping a judge will act in his favor. Kelly A. Stewart hopes five of them will.

Unlike MacDonald, Stewart is waiting on a five-judge panel at the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces to decide whether he gets a new trial or some other form of clemency.

Unlike MacDonald, Stewart wasn’t convicted of murder. Instead, he was convicted of crimes that resulted in him spending time behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and being branded a “sex offender” for the rest of his life. Sadly, his conviction was based almost exclusively on the testimony of his accuser, a former mental patient.

Unlike MacDonald, Stewart’s case doesn’t hinge upon new DNA evidence or new witness testimony. Everything — including the post-trial testimony of several individuals who said Stewart’s accuser lied during the trial — has been on the table at every stage of Stewart’s appeals process which, so far, has been unsuccessful.

While MacDonald’s case went on to become the subject of a 1984 movie based on the book, “Fatal Vision,” by Joe McGinniss, Stewart’s case became the subject of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August, published one year ago.

To learn more about MacDonald’s case, keep your eyes on the headlines.

To learn more about Stewart’s case, read “The Basics.” Better yet, order a copy of Three Days In August. It’s available in paperback and ebook via

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A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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