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SHOCK: Army Prosecutor Cited Wikipedia as Source During Green Beret’s Court-Martial on Sexual Assault Charges

On Day Two of the Army’s court-martial of one of it’s finest Green Berets, a prosecution attorney cited a suspect source as he questioned Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart about his training. See if you can spot the source in the excerpt from the Record of Trial that appears below:

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TC: At the SERE course you’re taught how to resist violent captors, is that correct?
Stewart: Again, sir, unless I’m authorized by the SOCEUR Public Affairs Officer, I can’t discuss the training that I received at the SERE-level C School.

TC: You’re taught how to resist torture?
Stewart: Again, sir–

TC: We’re going to go through this, so, that’s fine–
Stewart: No, again, sir, I don’t know what I’m authorized to discuss with you because I’m not the releasing authority of my training.

TC: I got this off of Wikipedia.com.

[Legend: SERE = Survive, Evade, Resist and Escape; TC = Trial Counsel; SOCEUR = Special Operations Command Europe; CDC = Civilian Defense Counsel; and MJ = Military Judge.]

That’s right! He said, “I got this off of Wikipedia.” Unbelievable!

How would you feel if you were found guilty by a court-martial panel (i.e., the military equivalent of a jury) that sided with a prosecutor who cited Wikipedia.com as a source during your cross-examination?

Find out how Stewart feels about his conviction inside my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice, which went on sale for the first time just over four years ago.

FYI: I shared the piece above for the first time four years ago today. Since then, I’ve covered many other military justice cases. I hope you’ll read and share this story as well as the others I’ve written and published. Thanks in advance!

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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.

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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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Limited-Time Offer: Download Free Copies of My Books

Beginning Monday, and for a very limited time, I’m giving away free downloads of the ebook versions of my first three books.

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To take advantage of this offer, simply visit my Amazon author page during the first three days of this week and download electronic versions of my books per this schedule:

For 24 hours beginning just after 12:01 a.m. Monday, you can download the electronic book version of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011);

For 24 hours beginning just after 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, you can download the electronic book version of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo (May 2013); and

For 24 hours beginning just after 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, you can download the electronic book version of my first crime-fiction novel, The National Bet (November 2014).

Of course, there are a few “catches” I can’t enforce: In exchange for the free books, I ask for your feedback about them — good, bad or ugly — as well as photos of yourself holding up your ebook reading device with my book cover(s) displayed on screen. In addition, I hope you’ll share your feedback on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. And beyond that, I hope you’ll purchase the paperback versions of the book — signed or unsigned — or support my work by clicking the donate button in the right sidebar of my website, BobMcCarty.com.

UPDATE 4/23/2015 at 7:40 a.m. Central: With barely 16 hours remaining on this free download offer, nearly 700 copies of the electronic versions of my books have been downloaded this week. Hurry to take advantage before time runs out!

UPDATE 4/24/2015 at 6:21 a.m. Central: The free downloads promotion ended at midnight with 898 free digital copies of my books being downloaded. I was surprised when my first crime-fiction novel, The National Bet, turned out to be almost twice as popular as my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August. I was even more surprised to see my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, finish a distant third. Oh well, that’s how the cookie crumbles.

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Army Green Beret Describes Thinking After Bogus Conviction

After serving multiple Special Forces combat tours in Iraq, Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was assigned to instructor duty in Germany in August 2008.  Within a year of his arrival there, the Green Beret’s career was in shambles, his life a wreck.  He had been wrongly-convicted by a court-martial panel of multiple offenses following allegations by a German woman that he had raped and kidnapped her in a Stuttgart hotel room.

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Below, in an excerpt from my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, Stewart describes his thinking after the verdict was announced just before midnight Aug. 19, 2009:

“I wasn’t going to go to prison and have my kids have to go through having their dad in prison and my wife having to stand by my side and go without a husband for years—and, at that time, I didn’t know the length of the years,” said Stewart, a Special Forces combat medic and Level One-trained sniper. “I didn’t know the length of my sentence; I just knew that I was found guilty.”

That’s when he made a decision.

To find out what decision Stewart made before finding out how much time he would spend behind bars, order a copy of Three Days In August.

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

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Father Seeks Support for Wrongly-Convicted Soldier, Son

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below, and with only minor modifications, I share a story published recently at SaveThisSoldier.com, the website run by CMSgt. John Stewart (USAF Ret.). Chief Stewart, by the way, is the father of former Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a Green Beret combat veteran whose life story is chronicled in my first book, Three Days in August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 201):

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Current Status and Help Needed

After release from prison March 31, 2011, SFC Stewart was forced to move to Virginia where he lived in an old 20 foot camper in a very, very rural area near the Shenandoah Mountain range.  His wife divorced him, taking away his two children.  Over the next 3 years he did not have funds to purchase propane gas on a regular basis and suffered through cold winter nights without heat.  A water hose running from a well froze, and there was no water and he frequently went to use a nearby river as the bathroom facility.  Having little funds for payment during the heat of summer, he had to significantly reduce use of electric and was without air conditioning.

This past year, with assistance of his parents, he was able to rent and move into an unfinished garage of an old home, one without heat or any comfort items.  He purchased a used wood stove, ran a stovepipe, to have heat in the garage.  Wood was hung on the wall for shelves for food items, etc.  An old, worn out couch and chair were purchased from a thrift shop for about $25.  A used bed and work table were found, the table serving as somewhere to sit and eat.  Found some cheap throw rugs from a thrift shop for the unfurnished floor.  A used refrigerator with a bad door and no icemaker were found, as was a makeshift kitchen stove to cook on.  He was unable to purchase a microwave oven.  Lighting is rudimentary at best.  In a joint room through a large opening is a portion used by the owner for repair to motorcycles and other items.  Obviously odors and fumes permeate throughout the living area.

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SFC Stewart has an entry level job now at a local business (who’s owner) stepped forward, (understanding) his situation and the outlandish conviction.  Unfortunately, he makes a very, very small salary but it is the best that can be done for now.  From that small amount of take-home pay he must pay a large child support payment, necessary utilities, food, insurance and gas to get to work while using an old car purchased by his parents, medical bills must be paid (he has extensive health issues from military service and his without VA health benefits), clothing, etc., etc., etc.  Additionally, the United States Army has billed him for over $27,000 in back pay issues while on active duty and shortly will begin garnisheeing his pay for a monthly amount that appears to exceed his entire monthly income. 

His parents are attempting to find an affordable and livable home in the near area allowing him to commute to work and have the amenities of comfortable living.  They will make the payments until SFC Stewart gets back on his feet with sufficient income to pay the mortgage.  It is difficult to find a home because of the rural situation, which is the lowest populated County in the State.  Few homes are for sale within an affordable bracket not only from the aspect of parents being able to afford it, but in SFC Stewart being able to assume those payments should the death of his elderly parents occur.  Both mobile homes and fixed homes have been looked at by SFC Stewart and his parents during a recent visit.  Almost every home that has been reviewed (and there have been many) that are affordable have been in absolutely atrocious conditions and would be a complete waste of money due to improvement needs.  Nearly every home visited under $75k has been in terrible condition, but his parents nor SFC Kelly can purchase a home without assistance.

You can help.

Money is needed for purchase of a house that is livable and affordable.  100% of your donation will be used in the purchase of a home for this Soldier.  How much is need?  A lot.  Consider that 20% of the price will be needed for down payment, possible closing costs, purchase of appliances and furniture will be necessary, deposits for utilities, etc., etc. 

Will you help this Soldier who served his country with honor, only to be erroneously and unjustly convicted by a corrupt military justice system?  If so, click on this secure link and use your existing PayPal Account, create one, or use a credit card to make a donation.  Thank you for caring.

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After reading the piece above, I hope you’ll find a way to help Chief Stewart help his son by making a contribution to the cause.  If you want to learn more about Kelly Stewart, please order a copy of Three Days in August, the book New York Times best selling author Richard Miniter described as “Well-written and thoroughly researched, Three Days In August paints a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.”  Thanks in advance for anything you can do!

UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 1:18 p.m. Central: Check out the limited-time free-books offer here.

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