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Sixth Anniversary of Military Injustice Observed

SIX YEARS AGO TODAY, a trial began for Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart inside a military courtroom in Germany.

Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart went from being a highly-decorated combat veteran in the top one percent of his profession to being a convicted felon. It began with a night in a hotel room. It ended in prison. Read about his wrongful conviction in Three Days In August. Click on image above to order book.

Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart went from being a highly-decorated combat veteran in the top one percent of his profession to being a convicted felon. It began with a night in a hotel room. It ended in prison. Read about his wrongful conviction in Three Days In August. Click on image above to order book.

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​.

Click on image above to learn more about Three Days In August and read endorsements of the book.

Click on image above to learn more about Three Days In August and read endorsements of the book.

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​.

Three Days In August​ is available in paperback and eBook at Amazon.com. Signed copies are available as well.

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Flashback: Stars and Stripes Reporter Fails To Do Her Job

Unlike most people who read reporter Nancy Montgomery‘s article two years ago this week in Stars and Stripes, I noticed something terribly wrong in some of the comments attributed to German police detective Daniel Lorch.  His words conflicted with the real-life events in my book, Three Days In August, which chronicles the story of former Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart and the military justice debacle that ended his stellar career as a Green Beret and landed him behind bars at Fort Leavenworth.

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About halfway into her article, Montgomery shared comments made by Detective Lorch about his experience as an investigator and his personal opinion “that (Stewart) was guilty” of a variety of sexual assault-related charges stemming from a one-night stand involving the highly-decorated combat veteran and a then-28-year-old German woman.  The reporter did not, however, include any comments by the detective about the complete lack of physical evidence and eyewitnesses to the alleged crimes.

Montgomery also attributed a statement to the detective about a taxi driver being among the people (plural) who had allegedly seen Stewart’s accuser the morning she left his hotel and later provided corroborating trial testimony.  Apparently, the reporter did not ask the detective for details about those people. Nor did she ask about their testimony during the trial.  Why?  Because, contrary to what the detective must have told her, only the taxi driver testified as a witness during the trail.  Additional witnesses to her departure from the hotel could not be found.

Finally, Montgomery quoted Detective Lorch on the matter of what the taxi driver allegedly saw when she picked up the accuser outside Stewart’s hotel:

“He described, very detailed, very clearly, her physical damage,” Lorch said. “He was sure something very bad had happened to this woman.”

The detective repeatedly referred to the taxi driver in the masculine sense when, in reality, the taxi driver was Monika Haug, a middle-age woman with memory issues.  I highlighted those issues in the book and, more recently, in a post from which the excerpt below appears:

During questioning six months before the trial, according to official documents, Haug told German police officials, “I’m sorry I don’t see her in front of my eyes anymore right now,” later adding, “I believe she had blonde dyed hair.  I don’t remember her clothing or age right now anymore.”

During the trial one year after she had allegedly picked up Stewart’s 28-year-old accuser in front of the Stuttgart-Marriott Hotel in Sindelfingen, Germany, Haug was able to remember accurate details about Stewart’s accuser (i.e., that she was wearing knee-high boots, had long black hair, etc.) that she wasn’t able to remember when it should have been fresh on her mind.  A miracle perhaps or was it coaching by prosecutors that helped Haug “improve” her memory?

Montgomery’s article came 24 days after she had contacted me via email, informing me that she was interested in doing a story about the latest development in the Stewart case, had read my website and wanted to talk.

In a written reply to Montgomery, I told her I had spent a lot of time one year earlier with John Vandiver, a Stuttgart-based Stripes reporter, and that the effort — via phone and email — had yielded not a single story.  Furthermore, I told her, I cited my experience with Vandiver — several emails back and forth plus phone interviews, but no stories — when telling her I wasn’t excited about speaking with Stripes.

Apparently, Montgomery spoke with Vandiver and made no further attempts to obtain my input.  In fact, her name did not appear on my radar again until Stripes published her report about the status of Stewart’s appeals process minus any mention of my name and the name of my book and, more importantly, without several critical details about the case.

If you’re interested in the details of how the military justice system railroaded an elite Special Forces Soldier, read Three Days In August.  Based on 18 months of research, interviews with the key players and access to the actual Record of Trial, this book is available in paperback and ebook versions here.

For a snapshot of Stewart’s situation today and to find out how you can help, read this letter and/or read this recent article. Thanks in advance!

UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 1:15 p.m. Central: Check out the limited-time free-books offer here.

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