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Marine officer appeals Naha court conviction

Date Posted: 2004-07-29

Stunned by what his attorneys called unfair actions by the Naha Court, U.S. Marine Corps Major Michael Brown has notified Judge Noboyuki Yokota he is challenging the conviction.

Brown was found guilty July 8th of Attempted Forcible Indecency and Destruction of Private Property in the case involving a Camp Courtney bar waitress who first accused him of attempted rape, then recanted the charge. Brown was sentenced to a year in prison, with the sentence suspended for three years.

Brown’s lawyers contend the sentence is not legal because he was never charged with the Attempted Forcible Indecency charge. The attorneys contend that the court couldn’t find enough evidence to support the attempted rape charge, so changed the rules and the charges.

The appeal goes to the Fukuoka High Court, Naha Branch.

Brown was accused in the November 2003 incident where he received a ride from the Filipino woman as she left Camp Courtney, then became engaged in conversation and solicitation for sex. She refused, he tossed her cell phone from the car on the dark country road when she threatened to call police, they argued over what she would and would not do, then she went to the base and reported the incident.

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