IT'S UP TO THE JURY NOW - COL LOFTON COULD
GET LIFE IN PRISON IF CONVICTED ON "RAPE"
CHARGE - DEFENSE TEAM POKES HOLES IN
"VICTIM'S" CHARGES - TRAVEL DOCUMENTS PROVE
LOFTON NOT IN TEXAS AT LEAST TWO TIMES
ACCUSERS CLAIM TO HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED
"DEEPEST RESPECT" NOTE AND FRIENDLY E-MAILS
AFTER ALLEGED ATTACKS EXPLAINED AWAY BY
FEMALE AS HER FORM OF "SARCASM" - TIME OF
SO-CALLED "RAPES" IN DOUBT DUE TO CAPTAIN'S
TESTIMONY ABOUT NIGHTLY CONFERENCE CALLS
Col. Samuel Lofton is guilty - but not of rape. At least that has to be the conclusion of any thinking person after the officer's defense attorneys succeeded in poking numerous holes in his accuser's account of so-called "rapes" at Sheppard AFB in Texas.
The African-American bird colonel should be kicked out of the Air Force. He's admitted numerous crimes of larceny and violation of trust. His financial wrongdoing netted him some $12,000 in government funds. But the real question here is, did this man sexually assault and "rape" at least two women on the base?
He didn't have to. The sex was consensual. The colonel who went AWOL six times and self-destructed his military career was arrogant and stupid, but he's not the "Mandingo" rapist the prosecution would like you to believe.
LOFTON'S FATE HANGS ON DELIBERATION OF COURT-MARTIAL PANEL
The seven man, two woman military panel is now deliberating Lofton's fate. If they "buy into" a very specious account by at least one woman whose past behavior severely undermines her credibility - notes sent after the alleged "rape" telling Lofton how she "deeply respected" him; friendly e-mails and talk of her possibly getting a "promotion;" and the fact her supervisor had to be told to "keep her away" from the colonel's office where, according to one secretary's sworn testimony, "she was all googly-eyed" to be around the former commander of the 82nd Training Group - his doom is sealed.
The OSI (Office of Special Investigations) agents should have been forced to swear under oath (and penalty of perjury) that they didn't offer one or both female "victims" any incentive or deal to make their lurid charges. Is it true, as many observers on Sheppard and throughout the Air Force feel, that the "good old boys" want to teach Lofton a lessen that he can't be having sex with these women without being punished.
And in his case, life in prison could mean "a shank in the back" in the DB shower room if the field-grade officer is convicted on the sex charges.
"Military justice is to justice what military music is to music," one wag once wrote. And he or she had it right. We feel Lofton is getting a railroad job. Race has nothing to do with it - at least as far as our position is concerned. We don't know if we can say the same for the prosecution. If they fail to ship the colonel off to the Leavenworth DB, they know they are going to look like hell. That's why they've pulled out all stops.
DEFENSE TEAM POKES HOLES IN PROSECUTION ACCOUNT
Tuesday's proceedings at the Sheppard AFB court-martial underscore just how shaky is the claim that Lofton committed multiple rapes.
Of the two women who testified the attacks took place, neither one could produce any witness to the alleged assault. In fact, their claim the rapes always occurred between 1700 and 1715 hours (at the end of the work day) was severely undercut by testimony from Air Force Capt. Brian Harrison.
He told the court that he conducted nightly 30 minute "conference calls" with Col. Lofton. The time they took place - always between 1700 and 1730 hours.
Also, travel documents introduced as evidence showed that on at least two occasions when his accusers claimed he was trying to kiss them and "forcing" them to touch his genitals, Col. Samuel Lofton III wasn't even in Texas. He was out-of-state! He couldn't have been there to commit the crime.
Patricia A. Thompson testified that one of the women came to her with tales of "rape" and other sexual acts, but that the "victim's" changes in the story and obvious embellishments made her doubt the truth of the final account.
"GUILT" MUST BE ESTABLISHED BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT
The Lofton court-martial jury should operate on the basis of this: "guilt" on the rape charges must be established beyond a reasonable doubt. A man's life is at stake here. The panel should keep in mind what is more important, pleasing the Command and validating the possible criminal actions of the OSI agents involved, or doing a brave thing by providing justice, no matter what the political fall-out may be.
It only takes a 2/3 majority of the nine jurors to send Col. Lofton to his death - either sooner or later - in the DB. That is the risky part of this thing. Are there at least four people on that panel who will buck the tide and remember what it says in our Constitution? You are still "innocent until proven guilty." The prosecution case against Col. Lofton, in our humble opinion, does not meet that test.
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