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Defense: Army violated rights in seizing general's computers

Jun. 26, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair (Army)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A U.S. Army officer admits he used what he described as “a ruse” to retrieve computers from the home of a general under investigation for alleged sexual assaults.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that Col. Mark Murray testified at a pretrial hearing in the case of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, who faces court-martial next month on charges including forcible sodomy, indecent acts, violating orders and adultery.

Murray testified that early in the investigation he called the general’s wife and told her the government-owned computers in their home at Fort Bragg needed to be updated. Sinclair’s wife had not been told her husband, on deployment in Afghanistan, was under investigation.

Sinclair’s defense team contends the computers were seized without a search warrant in violation of the general’s constitutional rights.

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