29 Aug '13, 9pm

Emails show general warned against reversing Wilkerson verdict

Emails show general warned against reversing Wilkerson verdict

Related No grounds to end commanders’ explicit power to change verdicts Wilkerson had affair that produced a child, Air Force confirms Lt. Col. James Wilkerson speaks as the then 20th Fighter Wing chief of safety at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 11, 2008. Henry Hoegen/U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Scott Zobrist didn’t mince words. The commander of the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, was concerned that his boss might reverse the dismissal from the service of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, fighter pilot and wing inspector general, who had worked for Zobrist until a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a sleeping houseguest. In an email to Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, Zobrist wrote that he understood that Franklin, as convening authority and ultimate arbiter, might be persuaded to reverse Wilkerson’s dismissal — as an act of clemency to keep retirement benefits intact ...

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