JOHN "BULLDOG" WELLS DOES IT AGAIN!
AMERICA'S LEADING MILITARY DEFENSE
ATTORNEY CATCHES AIR FORCE O.S.I. AGENT
IN "DIRTY TRICKS" - CAREFUL INVESTIGATION
BY FAMED LAWYER'S GUMSHOES EXPOSES
FEMALE FALSE ACCUSER'S LIES - U.S.A.F.
SECURITY POLICEMAN FOUND "INNOCENT"
Sometimes "the system" does work, although in the case of a young Air Force NCO, it did only after the serviceman signed on America's leading military defense attorney, John "Bulldog" Wells.
Simon Webster was a well-respected career security policeman. He was honest and fair. Just the kind of person you like to see in law enforcement, especially in the scandal-plagued U.S. Air Force. An energetic and dynamic cop, he dreamed after retirement of joining a big city police force and perhaps becoming a detective someday.
"All those plans seemed destroyed, however, when in the fall of 2006, Webster's world was shattered. His ex-girlfriend and then Airman First Class Melissa D. Long filed phony rape charges against him," Wells told a MilitaryCorruption.com reporter.
DECEITFUL LIES FROM A VENGEFUL EX-GIRLFRIEND
"Long reported to Air Force authorities that Webster had come to her room and taken advantage of her when she was too drunk to resist," Wells said. "She claimed that he later bragged about the liaison. The deceitful woman, of course, denied ever inviting Webster to her quarters."
The story was weak and there was a lack of corroborating evidence, but this is the Air Force, and a sexual accusation by a military female against a male is usually the kiss of death to a career and, more often than not, results in a one-way "railroad" ticket to the Leavenworth DB.
Long claimed she was so "traumatized" by the alleged incident that she just couldn't remain at Keesler AFB in Mississippi. No way. When she didn't get a desired transfer to Hawaii, Long opted for a "humanitarian" discharge from the Air Force. Shortly after the Article 32 (preliminary hearing) was held in the Webster case, the manipulative female who had falsely accused her ex-boyfriend, got her "early out."
The USAF security policeman knew he needed civilian counsel and wisely signed up retired Navy Commander John "Bulldog" Wells, who employs a crack team of private investigators who help him win even the most difficult and seemingly hopeless cases.
TOP INVESTIGATIOR KEN LORD HELPS BREAK THE CASE WIDE OPEN
Right off the bat, Well's gumshoes uncovered numerous inconsistencies in Long's specious story.
Former NCIS agent Ken Lord, "Bulldog's" top private eye, soon uncovered evidence that raised serious questions concerning Long's veracity.
Meanwhile, Webster passed not one but two polygraph examinations administered by Well's chief polygrapher, William "Joe" Allen of W. J. Allen & Associates. The Gulfport, Miss. based polygrapher concluded that Simon was indeed telling the truth. Long, not surprisingly, refused to take a polygraph.
"BULLDOG" CATCHES AN O.S.I. AGENT DOING "DIRTY TRICKS"
Agent Kevin Walb of the O.S.I. (Office of Special Investigations) headed up the Air Force's probe.
"In this case," snorted Bulldog, "O.S.I. must really stand for ONLY SIMPLE INVESTIGATIONS, because they certainly screwed this one up!"
Walb's "investigation" consisted of taking Long's statement and the statement of her friends, who conveniently made other accusations against the young Air Force NCO. "There was no real investigation into the allegations," Wells told MCC.
It was during the Article 32 hearing where "old pro" Wells spotted Walb for a "screw-up."
"I quickly began to question Walb's honesty and integrity," Bulldog recalled. "Walb inserted items favorable to the prosecution in his testimony that were not documented in the agent's notes or in my client's written statement. Walb said he had just 'remembered them' several months after conducting the interview.
In an off-the-record meeting, Walb was offered the opportunity to take a polygraph paid for by the defense. No surprise when the O.S.I. agent declined.
Teamed up with Air Force Capt. Matt Schwartz, from the USAF Area Defense Counsel Staff, Bulldog began to lay out his defense strategy.
"Matt was a Godsend to us," said the tough-talking retired-Navy officer. "He's an excellent attorney and was a great asset to our investigation."
WELLS SUBPOENAES PHONE RECORDS - FINDS PROOF FEMALE AIRMAN LIED
Despite the lack of hard evidence, the "politically-correct" brass still referred charges. Bulldog Wells quickly subpoenaed Long's cell phone records for the night in question.
"We knew that she'd invited Webster to her room that night and he'd stopped by after his duty shift was over, noted Wells. "When we first moved to subpoena the phone files, the O.S.I. claimed they were not relevant. "Not relevant?" They were key to our winning the case!"
Those cell phone documents quickly undercut Long's contentions. Finally, the Air Force prosecutors realized they'd been fooled by a lying female airman.
"When the JAG noticed the 20 minute phone call from Long to my client they called my office to express concern. I told them that this was just the tip of the iceberg," Wells recalled. "There were 40 or so text messages sent while she was supposedly too drunk to remember anything. How's she gonna explain that?"
The cell phone records proved Long was having conversations with the accused sergeant and numerous other people during the evening she claimed to be in an alcoholic coma.
JAG LT COL DEBORAH COLLINS HAS PLENTY OF HONOR AND INTEGRITY
"At this point, most military prosecutors would have dug in their heels and continued with the case. This time it didn't happen," Wells said. "Lt. Col. Deborah Collins, the Staff Judge Advocate, reviewed all of the evidence and realized an injustice had been done. Although she had previously told the Command that the case had merit, based on the new evidence, she proceeded to do the ethical and honorable thing and requested the convening authority to withdraw and dismiss the charges.
"I was truly impressed by her actions," Bulldog told MilitaryCorruption.com. "When she realized there was a miscarriage of justice, she went up the chain and fought to have the charges dropped. Without Deb's efforts, Webster would have had to go through an expensive and traumatic trial."
Once the charges were dropped, Webster returned to full duty. Unfortunately, as a result of this stressful incident, he decided to leave the Air Force. What a shame. The military needs more security policemen of Webster's caliber. At least the Air Force's loss in this case will soon be a civilian police agency's gain.
"As for Walb," Wells said, "he left the Air Force via a pre-planned retirement. As far as I am concerned, good riddance."
[EDITOR'S NOTE: MilitaryCorruption.com usually finds ourselves on the opposite side of the fence from female JAG prosecutors. Many have personal agendas and don't let justice and truth get in the way of them furthering their military careers at some hapless male's expense. But we are so impressed by the integrity and honor demonstrated by Lt. Col. Deborah Collins, we wish to "salute" her as the most honest JAG we know. Also, MCC can't praise enough the investigative abilities of Ken Lord. He has saved more than one innocent person from going to jail. As for false accuser Melissa Deane Long, we can at least take comfort in the fact she's out of the military now and won't be able to so easily destroy another person's life with her vicious lies.]