“There was never a discussion about what Greta (Heinrich) was in (the mental institution) for,” said former U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. “She testified that she was only in for simple ‘burnout,’ but she would never provide her medical records (and) the jurors never got to know that.”
Unfortunately for the Special Forces member and elite Green Beret, his German accuser invoked her rights under German law to not disclose her medical records. Likewise, the German government refused to release copies of her medical records.
That led David Court, Stewart’s civilian defense attorney, to conclude that “She has obviously got something that she wishes to withhold.”
“If I was a juror and I found out that this chick was saying that someone had raped her, that she had spent time in a mental institution… and now she’s saying that this American service member…is being accused of rape, it would add a shadow of doubt in my mind and any normal person’s mind,” said Stewart.
In Three Days In August, I reveal details about this issue and many others that surfaced during the courtroom drama that, in less than 48 hours, resulted in Stewart being found guilty on sexual assault charges; and, in less than 72 hours, saw him sentenced to eight years behind bars. Based almost solely on the testimony of his accuser. No physical evidence. No eyewitnesses.
To learn more about Kelly Stewart and his brush with military justice, order a copy of Three Days In August.