GANG THAT COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT"
Well-known newspaper columnist and author Jimmy Breslin once penned a best-selling book called "THE GANG THAT COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT." He might as well have been writing about the bumbling OSI (Office of Special Investigations) and prosecutor Maj. Kathleen Reder's inept case against Air Force Capt. Devery Taylor now being played out in a courtroom at Eglin AFB Florida.
Top-notch defense attorney Martin Regan Jr. (see related stories box below for earlier articles on this case) has made the prosecution look pathetic indeed when he exposed OSI's deliberate refusal to grant Taylor his Miranda rights when the officer asked for the questioning to stop and he be provided with an attorney.
Some five hours of the interrogation tapes were played in the hushed courtroom, and, at the end of the spectacle, Judge Thomas Cumbie sided with the defense, saying the Air Force OSI investigators either needed better training or an "admonishment."
We at MilitaryCorruption.com think the judge is on the right track, but being a bit generous to an outfit that is well-known for violating rights and breaking the law. The OSI should be held to a higher standard than anyone else in such matters. "The end justifies the means" may be their unofficial credo, but it's a clear violation of military regulations, and anyone caught doing it should be court-martialed themselves.
PROSECUTION CASE CONTINUES TO
As we have earlier reported, the prosecution failed to provide any proof whatsoever that gamma hydroxybutric acid (GHB) - the so-called "date rape drug" - had been used to incapacitate any of the alleged four "victims" of Taylor's so-called unwanted sexual advances. This, despite a frantic ransacking of the captain's home, automobile and intensive search on his private computer by investigators.
In fact, only four x-rated images were found on the machine, none of which depicted any of the alleged victims and which are legal for any adult to have possession of. Air Force JAG and defense attorney, Capt. Amy Jordan pointed out the obvious to the judge and jury. Tossing the four "gay-oriented" pix into the stew was designed to "inflame" the two woman, seven man panel who will decide the fate of Eglin AFB's one-time chief of admissions at the base hospital.
When the prosecution produced an Air National Guard captain and C-130 navigator to claim he was drugged and raped by Taylor, the tactic blew up in their face.
Defense chief Regan was able to get the testy flyboy to admit he was "heavily drinking" the date of the alleged attack and couldn't be sure what exactly happened. Taylor's team maintained in the proceedings that any sex between their client and the Guard officer was strictly "consensual."
The three other "victims" who testified were also less than convincing, at least to those who noted they may have good reason to claim they were "violated" and "raped," when admitting they engaged willingly in homosexual acts, would automatically cost them their military careers.
TAYLOR TAKES THE STAND IN HIS OWN DEFENSE
Capt. Taylor impressed observers by taking the stand on his own behalf but brought a bemused reminder from Cumbie when the captain asked Maj. Reder as many questions as she inquired of him. The boyish-looking officer was told to just answer the major's questions, as it was he, not she, on the witness stand.
The animosity between the lead prosecutor and her target, Taylor, was evident to all who watched the courtroom proceedings. Some sources said they believed Reder senses she has "blown" the case and could come out on the short end of the stick.
But the advantage still rests with the prosecution in that it's plainly evident the Command wants Taylor incarcerated for a long time. Nothing less. Jurors who value their military careers, always think twice before voting to acquit a defendant or lessen the draconian penalties - such as in this case - that they face. The lack of evidence or credible witnesses may just tilt the final decision in the direction of mercy and justice.
If we were to write the script for the end of this court-martial, we'd have to give Taylor a discharge "under other than honorable conditions," but toss out any jail time. Sending a man like Devery Taylor to the Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks would be cruel and unusual punishment. It would be unfair as well as a waste of taxpayer's money. Which is pretty much what Maj. Reder's incredibly weak case has amounted to thus far.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Our recent comment about "all the gays" that work at Eglin AFB Hospital was simply meant as a statement of fact. We don't make judgments on personal lifestyles. But to those there at the hospital who read MCC regularly and are - from the tone of the e-mail we got - frightened of an impending "gay witch hunt" by OSI and the base top brass, forget it. They can be stupid, but they're not THAT dumb, to inflict more bad PR on a Air Force installation already reeling from plenty of it.]
FIELD AIRMAN RAPED BY AIR FORCE
AFB CAPTAIN ARRESTED ON SODOMY
AND KIDNAPPING CHARGES - SIX "VICTIMS"
COME FORWARD TO ACCUSE MEDICAL OFFICER
OF SEX ASSAULTS - SOURCES SAY "KNOCK-OUT"
PILLS MAY HAVE BEEN USED - CASE BLOWN
WIDE-OPEN WHEN HURLBURT FIELD AIRMAN
TELLS OSI HE WAS DRUGGED AFTER MEETING
OFFICER AT TRENDY OKALOOSA ISLAND BAR
CLAIMS HE "PASSED OUT" AT OFFICER'S HOME
CAPT. DEVERY TAYLOR CONFINED ON AIR BASE
PENDING ARTICLE 32 HEARING
AFB CAPTAIN COULD GET LIFE IN PRISON
FOR MULTIPLE RAPES AND SODOMY - HURLBURT
FIELD AIRMAN REPORTED ATTACK TO O.S.I.
DEVERY TAYLOR FACES COURT-MARTIAL "EARLY
NEXT YEAR" MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM HAS
LEARNED - SIX VICTIMS COME FORWARD
CLAIMED THEY WERE DRUGGED BY FORMER
CHIEF OF PATIENT ADMIN AT BASE HOSPITAL
AIR FORCE TOP BRASS EMBARRASSED
BY YET ANOTHER STEAMY "SEX SCANDAL"
SCANDALS ROCK TWO MORE AIR FORCE BASES -
MAJOR FIRED AT SHEPPARD AFB TEXAS
ALLEGED TO HAVE HAD SEX WITH SIX FEMALE
TRAINEES - AT PATRICK AFB FLORIDA, SENIOR
MASTER SERGEANT ACCUSED OF PIMPING OUT
ENLISTED WOMAN TO GIVE LEAD MEMBER
OF BASE INSPECTION TEAM "A GOOD TIME."
SURPRISE AT START OF SODOMY COURT
MARTIAL AT EGLIN AFB - DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
FOR CAPT DEVERY TAYLOR SCORE POINTS
CASTING DOUBT ON CREDIBILITY OF "RAPE"
VICTIMS - PROSECUTION STUMBLES RIGHT OUT
OF THE GATE - NO EVIDENCE DRUGS USED
"SEX PIX" SEIZED FROM COMPUTER ARE LEGAL
AND DON'T DEPICT SO-CALLED "VICTIMS"
DEFENSE CONTENDS ALL SEX ACTIVITY WAS
"CONSENSUAL" - PROSECUTION CASE FOR
KIDNAPPING, "DATE RAPE," FALLING APART