Court-Martialed General Forgoes Witnesses

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Lawyers for the prosecution and defense rested their cases here Thursday after several witnesses testified in rapid succession, setting the stage to wind down the first full court-martial of an Air Force general.

Closing arguments in the sexual assault case are set to begin Friday morning. The military judge, Col. Christina Jimenez, could issue a verdict and sentence that same day.

After prosecutors ended their own questioning, lawyers for Maj. Gen. Bill Cooley, the former Air Force Research Laboratory commander accused of forcibly kissing and groping his sister-in-law in 2018, chose not to call anyone to testify on behalf of the defense.

The prosecution and defense sought to bring up many of the same people, so Cooley’s team had already interrogated those it wanted to, defense lawyer Dan Conway told reporters. Cooley did not take the stand himself.

Read more at the Air Force Times 

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