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Former Army Green Beret Needs Your Help NOW!

In November, I shared heartbreaking news and asked you to take action to help a falsely-accused and wrongly-convicted Soldier. The following month, I warned that this highly-decorated combat veteran is facing a possible return to prison. Today, I offer an update about the ongoing legal and financial battle involving Kelly Stewart, the former Army Green Beret whose life story is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice.

Kelly Stewart received this letter from the Dept. of Treasury June 9, 2015.

Kelly Stewart received this letter from the Dept. of Treasury June 9, 2015.

Recently, Stewart received a letter from the Department of the Treasury, a screenshot of which appears above. Dated June 9, 2015, it began as follows:

Your unpaid delinquent debt owed to the Department of Defense, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, DoDDCM, has been referred to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for collection. According to the records of the Department of Defense, you owe $27,399.26.

Collection action will continue unless you make payment, within ten (10) days from the date of this letter, in the amount of $35,619.04, which includes all applicable fees, interest, and penalties, as of today.

If you wish to avoid further collection action and additional charges, you must immediately pay your debt.

I find it unconscionable for this man to have to face a situation like this after risking his life on the battlefield for his country and then having his life and career destroyed by the outcome of a politically-charged kangaroo court of military justice. See the letter below for a brief overview.

Click on image to download copy of letter (PDF)

Click on image to download copy of letter (PDF)

On behalf of Stewart, I’m begging you to read this OPEN LETTER TO ANY AMERICAN and take action immediately to help him retire this unfair debt by visiting SaveThisSoldier.com and scrolling down until you see the “DONATE” button on the right side of the screen.This site is run by Stewart’s father, CMSgt. John Stewart, a retired veteran of more than 30 years in Air Force Special Operations.

IF WE FAIL TO ACT NOW, he will very likely face a return to prison. Thanks in advance for doing the right thing NOW!

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HELP: Former Green Beret Faces Possible Return to Prison!

Because time is running out for the former Green Beret about whom a father recently shared heartbreaking news, I felt compelled to ask you to TAKE ACTION NOW!  On behalf of this man who, for years, fought to safeguard our freedoms and liberty as a Special Forces operator, I’m asking you to read the OPEN LETTER TO ANY AMERICAN below and then take action. If we fail to act on his behalf, he will very likely face a return to prison.

Click on image to download copy of letter (PDF)

Click on image to download copy of letter (PDF)

Time is running out for this highly-decorated combat veteran who deeply regrets having put himself in a position to face such false allegations and bear the brunt of military justice run amok. Please do not let these words collect virtual dust on your screen. He has already served hard time for a crime he did not commit!

Read the letter and contact your elected officials in Washington, D.C. If you don’t have time to read the letter, take this simple step instead: Visit SaveThisSoldier.com and scroll down until you see the “DONATE” button on the right side of the screen. You know what to do after that!  Thanks in advance for TAKING ACTION NOW!

UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 1:17 p.m. Central: Check out the limited-time free-books offer here.

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Believed Innocent, Man Could Leave Prison After 36 Years

Imagine the prospect of being released from prison after spending 36 years behind bars for a crime you did not commit. Sixty-nine-year-old Michael Hanline might get to find out what that feels like next week.

According to news reports like this one, the Ventura (Calif.) County District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday that new evidence had resulted in a judge overturning the conviction — highlighted in the California Innocence Project video above — that had sent Hanline to prison in 1980 after he was found guilty of first-degree murder in J.T. McGarry’s 1978 death.

In this article (below), CIP offers more details of events related to Hanline’s case:

On October 22, 2010, after a lengthy evidentiary hearing and complete review of all of the evidence in the case, United States District Court Magistrate Judge Andrew Wistrich issued a report in Michael’s case, recommending that his conviction be overturned. Judge Wistrich emphasized how the prosecution, investigators, and Robertson had colluded to violate Michael’s constitutional right to have exculpatory information turned over to the defense. Judge Wistrich wrote, “The prosecution was so successful in violating the trial court’s orders and its constitutional obligation that by the time the exculpatory evidence came to light – nearly three decades later – many of the important witnesses had died or disappeared . . . Permitting the prosecutor to engage in this sort of gamesmanship with impunity signals that the constitutional rules established in Brady and its progeny are merely ‘pretend rules’ that need not be taken seriously.”

Collusion between investigators and prosecution attorneys? Violating a defendant’s Constitutional rights? The wrongs alleged to have taken place during Hanline’s case appear strikingly similar to those that took place during the court-martial of Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart during three days in August 2009.

Once an elite Green Beret and highly-decorated combat veteran, Stewart sees no light at the end of his tunnel and finds himself living under a cloud today, branded as a sex offender for life after being convicted on sexual assault-related charges and sentenced to eight years behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He lives under a cloud as the result of being falsely accused by a then-28-year-old German woman who, according to testimony given by her friends during a post-trial hearing, lied several times while on the witness stand during Stewart’s court-martial.

To learn more about Stewart and why this man who served his country with honor should have never been prosecuted or convicted, order and read Three Days In August.

To provide financial assistance to Stewart and his family, click on the “DONATE” button at SaveThisSoldier.com, a website built and managed by Stewart’s dad, himself retired after more than 30 years of service in Air Force Special Operations.

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Rush Limbaugh Threatens to Sue Democrat Committee

Much like Rush Limbaugh, who’s threatening to sue the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for defamation, I’m staunchly against sexual assault. At the same time, however, I advocate  for fair and impartial justice for those facing sexual assault allegations.

Kelly A. Stewart is one of the Green Berets shown in this undated unit photo.

Kelly A. Stewart is one of the Green Berets shown in this undated unit photo.

In my October 2011 nonfiction book, Three Days In August, I offer an in-depth look at one example of military justice that turned out to be anything but. In fact, New York Times best-selling author Richard Miniter read my book about Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart‘s brush with the military justice system and described it as painting “a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.”

Over the years since publishing the book, I’ve heard from dozens of individuals who, like Stewart, have personally experienced similar “railroading” — and I’ve heard from their friends and relatives, too — under the gavel of political correctness. In fact, I could write a library full of books about such cases. Unfortunately, Americans simply don’t seem to care much about such cases — at least it seems that way to me — unless they or a loved one are directly involved.

Among the many new faces arriving in Washington, D.C., next year, I hope some of them seize upon the opportunity to undo what people like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) have done in recent years and restore the military justice system so that it delivers one thing and one thing only:  JUSTICE.

To learn more about Stewart’s case, order a copy of Three Days In August. For details about ordering a signed copy, click here and scroll down.

To provide financial assistance to Stewart, click on the “DONATE” button at SaveThisSoldier.com, a website built and managed by Kelly’s dad.

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