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Major Brown denies charges at 2nd hearing of case

Date Posted: 2003-04-26

Michael Brown, the U.S. Marine Corps officer on trial for an alleged attempted rape of a Filipina woman, has denied all charges against him at the second hearing of the trial. Major Brown is accused of attempted rape and damage of property. The hearing was held at the Naha District Court on Apr. 17. At the hearing Major Brown categorically denied both charges through his defense attorney stating, "My plea is not guilty."

The statement is a change from his earlier statement on Dec. 24, 2002, when he stated during his detainment questioning that "Although I am not aware of the contents in the alleged victim's statement, I did nothing else but throw her phone into the river."

According to Maj. Brown's defense attorney, both sides have agreed to proceed with the trial with subsequent hearings on May 1, 13, 27 and June 29. The first hearing of the case was conducted on Mar. 13, and Brown and his legal team have pressed for dismissal of the charges from the beginning, insisting interpretation of the law and the evidence presented in the case does not warrant prosecution.

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