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General’s Lawyers: Sinclair Case Shows ‘One-Sided System’

March 26, 2014

The Legal Intelligencer
By Gina Passarella

Ellen Brotman, Rich Scheff and Lathrop Nelson

Ellen Brotman, Rich Scheff and Lathrop Nelson

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads criminal defense partners Richard Scheff, Ellen Brotman and Lathrop Nelson spent many days in Fort Bragg, N.C., this year with their team and co-JAG counsel Maj. Sean Foster going over trial strategy and sometimes scratching their heads at the oddities, and often the frustration, of the military justice system.

The team is no stranger to high-profile criminal defense trials, but their defense over the past two years of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair on rape, sexual assault and adultery charges, to name a few, had the whole world watching and, as they would tell it, military leadership looking for a poster child to serve as an example of the military’s response to a perceived sexual-assault epidemic.

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