Military Can't Get It Right on Sex Crimes

In Sinclair case, brass did wrong by trying to do good.
Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair received a reprimand and no jail time. Photographer: Davis Turner/Getty Images

U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair, 51, one of only a handful of senior officers to face court-martial in the last 60 years, was given an extremely light sentence -- no jail time and a relatively small fine -- in a case of sexual misconduct involving a female officer under his command. Only weeks before the case ended with a whimper yesterday, he appeared to be heading toward life in prison.

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