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Topic - John M. Dowd
The push from the commander in chief, generals and politicians to punish sexual offenders has become so relentless that it endangers the fairness of the military justice system, defense lawyers say.
The Marine Corps' discipline proceedings in the infamous desecration of Taliban corpses has churned up deep divisions among the top brass.
A Marine Corps whistleblower says the Pentagon is investigating whether higher-ups retaliated against him for filing complaints against the Marine commandant.
The "semper fidelis" devotion of John M. Dowd is a major reason he finds himself locked in battle against the highest levels of the Marine Corps, including the commandant, Gen. James F. Amos, whom he accuses of misconduct.
"We seem to be in a climate where folks can pick and choose which part of the criminal justice they like depending on their particular bias and political correctness," Mr. Dowd said. "It does not seem to matter to the political and chattering classes that female officers are free to perjure themselves in sexual harassment cases without consequence. Perjury is a serious crime which subverts the entire system of justice. Do the ends justify the means? Is it more important to protect the system or just have a hanging party based on false accusations?"
"Looks like we have lost our bearings for the sake a political cause," said Mr. Dowd, the defense attorney. "And all of the hysterics and condemnations by the senior officials creates the poison which corrupts the process and leads to unlawful command influence."