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Firm Defends U.S. Army Brigadier General in Rare Court-Martial Resulting in No Jail Time or Dismissal from Service

For Release: March 20, 2014

Sinclair Team

The Montgomery McCracken defense team pictured at Fort Bragg, N.C. with MAJ Sean Foster, Judge Advocate General’s Corps Senior Defense Counsel and Mark Fullerton, investigator. (Photo credit: Travis Dove)

Montgomery McCracken’s Government Investigations and White Collar Crime group defended U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair in a rare court-martial at Fort Bragg, N.C. against allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct, resulting in a sentence of no jail time and no dismissal from service.

The defense team proved upon reconsideration that “unlawful military command” influenced the prosecution and was able to negotiate a deal with the prosecution that dismissed the most serious charges of sexual assault and allowed Sinclair to plead to lesser charges. At one point the general faced dismissal from the Army and a lifetime in prison, and on March 20, the military judge imposed a sentence which included a letter of reprimand for his actions and ordered him to forfeit $5,000 a month in pay for four months.

Led by chairman Richard Scheff, the trial team included partners Ellen Brotman and Lathrop Nelson; associate Carrie Sarhangi; paralegal Rachel Stobaugh; and legal assistant Suzanne Burke; and was assisted by associates Christine Prokopick and Rachel Jacobson.  Additional Sinclair team members that helped prepare the case for trial included partners Michael Hayes, Karen Ibach, and Tricia Sadd; and associates Jonathan Boughrum, William Conaty, Katherine Fix, James Gannon and Christa High. The team was also supported by Kathleen Coon, Dennis Dolan, Lisa Grossman, Gareth Suddes, Cliff Taylor, their respective teams and many others throughout the firm.

The high-profile case received media attention nationwide and our team was featured in several articles and videos about the case, including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Associated Press, The Washington PostLos Angeles Times, USA Today, The Legal Intelligencer and many more.