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Brown challenges U.S. ambassador to help his case

Date Posted: 2003-10-24

Marine Major Michael Brown, currently on trial accused of an attempted rape of a Filipina woman a year ago, has reportedly sent a letter to the U.S. ambassador to Tokyo, urging him to protest the Japanese government of his treatment by the local police and prosecutors. Brown is currently free on bail but confined on base while his trial continues despite his accuser saying she has no claims against him whatsoever. Prosecutors say her withdrawal of accusations is irrelevant to the case, and that they will press on based on her original report.

Brown and his lawyer are also demanding that the judges in the case excuse themselves because they can not be impartial to the case any more. “We cannot even be sure that the original letter of accusation is genuine because the woman claims that she never intended to bring the case against Brown in the first place. We think that the judges should resign and new panel of judges should be brought to the case,” Brown’s lawyer said in a recent interview. Naha District Court disagreed, prompting Brown to file a petition to a higher court that is currently pending.

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