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Major Brown’s lawyer protests press reports of DNA

Date Posted: 2003-03-22

The American lawyer for the U.S. Marine officer accused of attempted rape of a woman in November protested on Monday media reports linking the DNA of the officer to saliva samples found on the woman's body. Lawyer Michael Griffith sent a letter of protest to Justice Minister Mayumi Moriyama, saying there was no such analysis on Major Michael Brown’s DNA in the prosecutors' list of evidence.

In the letter, Griffith accuses police of trying to create a negative image about Brown among the public and trial judges by releasing false information about him onThursday, the day of the first trial session. Griffith also questioned the existence of the evidence, saying if the DNA analysis results really exist, prosecutors should first submit it as evidence.

Junichi Okumura, a prosecutor at the Naha District Public Prosecutor's Office, said however, that "Here in Japan, there is no problem if evidence is submitted later, unlike in the United States."

Brown was indicted Dec. 19 for the attempted rape of the woman in her car Nov. 2 in Gushikawa, Okinawa Prefecture, outside Camp Courtney. Brown admits he was with the woman but denies the charges. He said she asked him to have sex with her but filed a criminal complaint after he refused.

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