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Major Brown's defense pushes for acquittal on charges

Date Posted: 2003-06-14

The defense team representing an U.S. Marine Corps officer accused of attempted rape continues to argue his innocence in Naha District Court. The defense team for Major Michael Brown, currently on trial in Naha, presented opening arguments last week -- the sixth hearing of the case -- that there are no grounds for convicting Brown for his alleged crime, and that he is not guilty.

The defense explained that although Brown had asked for a sexual favor from the woman, he backed off when she refused. According to the defense statement, Brown nabbed the woman's cell phone away from her when she held it out and said that she would call the police, and then threw the phone out of the car. He said that he had no intention of breaking the phone.

The statement said that Brown had consumed several cans of beer earlier in the evening ,and was intoxicated to the extent that he had trouble of remembering the events the next morning.

The defense also accused the police and prosecutors of concocting evidence and leaving out other evidence that would have pointed to the defendant's innocence.

Brown's defense lawyer requested the dismissal of the case, stating that the alleged victim had no intention of bringing the case to the court in the first place. "The woman has stated herself that she had no intention to bring the case to the court because there had been no attempted rape," the lawyer stated. The next hearing of the case is slated for Jun. 19.

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