Trial Delayed for Army General Charged with Sexual Assault

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair's trial delayed as court prepares a jury.

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The trial for a senior Army officer charged with sexually assaulting a female subordinate has been delayed indefinitely due to nuances within the military's justice system.

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A judge at Fort Bragg, N.C. has delayed the jury selection process for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, which was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. The process will begin next week, though the judge overseeing the case has not yet set a date for the actual trial to begin.

The military requires that a jury in cases such as Sinclair's be composed of officers senior to the accused. This would require two- or three-star generals for Sinclair. The Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina reports the trial may begin in the late summer.

Sinclair previously served as a senior officer for the elite 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, and most recently as a special assistant to the commanding general of the XVIII Airborne Corps. Charges against him include sodomy, adultery and pornography, as well as sexually assaulting a female Army captain with whom he reportedly had an affair.

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Sinclair's trial comes amid tense times for the military, where reports of sexual assaults have reached a boiling point. Searching for a solution has lead to heated debates on Capitol Hill, and blue-ribbon task forces at the Pentagon.

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