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"IA - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 4, 1997 NATEONILD
Any officials concerned about release of names

Los Angeles Tunes
WASHINGTON - The upcoming court-
martial of the Army's former top enlisted person
is sending shudders of anxiety through the ser-
vice because of a growing possibility it will
force public disclosure of the names of dozens
of others - including generals - who have
been accused of sexual infractions.
In an attempt to prove their client has been
unfairly treated, defense attorneys for former
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Gene McKinney have
compiled a list of six generals who have alleged-
ly escaped punishment for sexual violations.
They have forced the Army to provide names of
some 30 other senior service members - offi-
cers and senior non-commissioned personnel -
who have been formally investigated on such

charges in the past two years.
So far, the judge in the case has ordered the
names and other pretrial information held secret.
But with McKinney's court-martial now one
month away, news organizations and other inter-
ested parties are considering filing court papers
seeking release of the names.
Army officials, already in agony over the 10-
month-old case, fear disclosure of the names
could harm innocent people and renew the
painful debate over whether the brass are treated
more leniently than their subordinates in such
cases.
The issue has distracted Pentagon leader-
ship for the past year. Thedebate began with
sexual misconduct cases at Maryland's
Aberdeen Proving Ground and continued

with the case of former Air Force bomber
pilot Lt. Kelly Flinn, who - accused of
adultery and disobeying orders - eventual-
ly accepted a general discharge rather than
face court-martial. In June, the scandal
reached the top ranks with the disclosure
that Air Force Gen. Joseph Ralston, vice
chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, once
conducted an adulterous affair.
"You can imagine how disruptive this would
be," one Army official said of disclosing the
names. "And unfair."
McKinney, a 29-year Army veteran whose
former position is one of the most visible and
prestigious in the service, faces 20 counts stem-
ming from accusations by six women who are
current and former members of the military. The

counts include adultery, indecent assault and
obstruction ofjustice.7
McKinney's lawyer, Charles Gittins, has
argued that the Army's decision to take the case
to a court-martial shows a double standard, since
no Army general has been court-martialed at
least since military law was codified in 1951.
On Nov. 6, Gittins gave the court a list of six
Army generals he alleged have broken sexual
misconduct rules without punishment. And last
month, at the court's instruction, Army officials
filed a list of officers and senior enlisted per-
sonnel who have been formally investigated for
alleged sexual misconduct violations in the past
two years.
A source said the list included 10 generals
and about 20 others at about McKinney's rank

or higher who had been investigated sinde
1995. Some on the list had acknowledged
their guilt, others had invoked their right to
make no statements and still others may have
been innocent.
According to this source, the most severe p '
ishment any of the 30 received was a letter
reprimand, and none of them was court-mar-
tialed,
A spokesperson for the Army's Military
District of Washington, which is administering
the trial, declined to comment on the list.
Most military disciplinary proceedings
are conducted without attracting publi
notice, so publication of the list could -be
deeply embarrassing for many of the sol-
diers involved.

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trying to persuade the increasingly
eccentric leader to keep to an official
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His spokesperson, Sergei
Yastrzhembsky, tactfully down-
played Yeltsin's first startling ge-
ture on Tuesday night - a pronise
to cut Russia's nuclear warheads-by
a third and seek a total world banon
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already a line of 500 people deep," said
Nathan Nilles, a Washington State
senior.
While the Washington Stte
Athletic Department did not guara
tee tickets for every interest
Washington State student, as' the
University of Michigan did, t .e
9,000 student season-ticket holders
at Washington State were eligible
for one $75 Rose Bowl ticket each.
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requests," said Cougars football coacih
Mike Price at a press conference yes-
terday. "Can we expand the stadium?
It's been just unbelievable. T
Cougars are coming out of the wr
work."
Washington State received a total. bf
35,000 tickets from the Tournament of
the Roses, about 7,000 more tickets
than the University's allocation.
Thousands of Washington State'st
dents are booking flights and chates
ing buses to see this year's Rose Bowl.
This year marks the last time the match
is guaranteed to join the winners of t
Big Ten and Pac Ten championshiph
New Year's Day battle. -:
"There are quite a few fraternities
and sororities that have chartered
buses," said Nilles, who is the prop
grams director for the
Interfraternity Council at
Washingtop State. "We're lovi
Campus involvement is f'
booming. We have a great team'
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ment's clothig store, said'

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bandwagon this season.
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