Judge Refuses Dismissal of Sexual Misconduct Case Against Army Officer
Military judge Col. Ferdinand Clervi denied lawyer’s requests to dismiss a sexual misconduct trial against former Sgt. Maj. of the Army Gene McKinney. McKinney’s attorneys claimed the jury was unfairly “stacked” with women and senior officials. Three of the twelve jury members are women, 25 percent, while women make up about 14 percent of army personnel. Army prosecutor Lt. Col. Michael Child said, “There is no basis to suggest that if there are more women sitting on this panel that they couldn’t be just as fair.” McKinney, the Army’s former top enlisted man, is charged with 19 counts of sexual harassment and assault. If convicted, he faces a possible reduction in rank and 56 years in prison.