SIX YEARS AGO TODAY, a trial began for Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart inside a military courtroom in Germany.
After a German woman had falsely accused Stewart of rape and kidnapping, the politically-correct military justice system seemed to do everything it could do to convict the veteran of multiple combat tours in Kosovo and Iraq — and they did it in only two days, with the trial beginning early on Aug. 18, 2009.
During the trial, prosecutors presented no physical evidence and no eyewitnesses. When Stewart’s defense attorneys tried to obtain copies of the medical records of Stewart’s accuser so they could be shared in court, his accuser — and the German government — refused to produce the records. Had those records been shared during the trial, they would have shown she suffered from mental illness and had, in fact, spent several months in a care facility prior to the night she spent with Stewart after they met at See Studio, a discotheque in Stuttgart.
Incredibly, the military judge did not end the trial at that point. Instead, he allowed this miscarriage of military justice — and several others I highlight in the book — to take place before the trial reached its conclusions on the evening of Aug. 19, 2009, and members of the court-martial panel (a.k.a., “jury”) announced their verdict.
On Day Three, Stewart was sentenced to eight years in prison and sent away to the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Six months after the trial ended, I learned it had taken place and began to uncover details about Stewart’s case. Soon, I found myself reading the Record of Trial and speaking with individuals close to the case, including members of Stewart’s biological and military families.
Eighteen months after my interest was sparked, I finished chronicling Stewart’s life story and conviction and released it in book form as my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August.
Though I’ve written many articles about the case and some big names have endorsed the book, the only way you’ll understand why I remain so passionate about wanting to see justice for this TOP ONE PERCENT SOLDIER is by reading Three Days In August.
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