Monday, October 10, 2011

Isn't his defense against the rules?

A Middie from Jackson got kicked out of Annapolis after being convicted of rape. His defense was the sex was consensual. Yes, I know, she was also a former girlfriend of his. However, I do have one question: Isn't sex between cadets at the academies illegal under their code or UCMJ? If I'm not mistaken, its still grounds for dismissal from the Academy. Just thought I would ask that question since Gary Pettus failed to do so. I know it was for enlisted, in fact I remember busting a couple while on cq duty. Nothing like a butt naked private standing at both the positions of attention and parade rest. Article


Reed said...

What amazes me is how favorable this article is toward a man who was CONVICTED of rape. This is no mere unsubstantiated accusation by a scorned woman. He can appeal it, but the fact remains that, through due process, he was found guilty.

Yet the CL paints a sympathetic picture of a nice guy who liked to do "geeky stuff" (only in the most educationally bereft society is reading referred to in such a derogatory fashion)

It's a shame that this kid blew it, but he's still a convicted rapist. I have a hard time believing that the CL would write such a servile piece about a Jackson Prep senior who was convicted of raping a classmate...

...but that's just me.

Kingfish said...

Its Gary Pettus. What do you expect? Remember his Irby story?

Anonymous said...

Getting dismissed for consensual sex is still better than being convicted of rape. I have heard from more than one source the girl was simply mad she was eventually rejected.

I can't locate their Honor Code of Code of Conduct online.

Anonymous said...

Right - he was convicted, and OJ, Amanda Knox and Casey Anthony were acquited.

What was that you were saying about our infallible due process system?

Anonymous said...

Amanda Knox....due process in Italy.

OJ due process in California....which is like being on Pluto.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Pettus has a nack for reporting stories "his" way and not being unbiased. Way to go CL, GP proved himself again!

J. Kev said...

Pretty sure that fraternization is still grounds for dismissal from the service academies.

I hadn't read or seen the article until just now after reading the JJ post and comments first.

I thought, "Only way the C-L and Pettus would paint a sympathetic picture of a convicted rapist is if he's black. That's their only angle."

Clicked the link, saw the picture, and Bingo.

In other news, I see Dorsey Carson is advertising here. Why is there no party affiliation on his ad?

Anonymous said...

Because he (Cecil and Bobby too!) want voters duped into thinking that he's a candidate who transcends party labels.

Then there are those cash contributions to the Obama campaign and you understand the strategery.

J. Kev said...

1. There is no such thing as a "conservative Democrat."

2. I don't know any Republicans who are ashamed of their party affiliation.

Anonymous said...

Come now! Neither Pettus nor any of the rest of them ever do their homework...That is why the clarion ledger has gone from 50 pages to 5!

Anonymous said...

Yes, his defense was invalid based on the Code of Conduct for Midshipmen. Any form of sexual contact between midshipmen is prohibited, so whether it was consensual or not is irrelevant as to his continuing in the Naval Academy. The differences obviously are the legal consequences. If the sex was truly consensual, then they both should have been dismissed, but obviously he would not be guilty of rape.

Anonymous said...

PDA ( public displays of affection) is a code violation. Holding hands would be an infraction .
That the woman is a " former girlfriend" doesn't mean she couldn't have been raped. The facts of the case are missing but since dismissal would have been possible WITHOUT such a charge,and because such publicity isn't good for the Naval Academy, I can't imagine why rape charges would be brought on nothing more than " he said/she said". This was a court martial, not charges based on the Honor Code.
Like with Irby, Pettus just doesn't " check out" what he is told. He simply reports what people tell him.

Anonymous said...

The joke is on all of you for even taking the time to read the clarion-ledger. It is a bush league publication.

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