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Attorney: Punishment For Army General A 'Travesty'

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UPDATE - A lawyer representing the female captain at the center of an Army general's sexual misconduct case calls his punishment a travesty and serious misstep for the Army.
   
Retired Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett said in a statement Thursday that the sentence was a "slap on the wrist" and shows that congressional action is needed to change the military's justice system.
   
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was sentenced to a reprimand and fined $20,000 after he pleaded guilty to adultery with one woman and having inappropriate relationships with two other women by asking them for nude pictures and exchanging sexually explicit email with them. Sexual assault charges were dropped in the plea deal.
   
Barnett says her client suffered severe sexual and mental abuse, but was brave to take the stand and face the general in court.

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - An army general avoided jail time and was reprimanded and fined a total of $20,000 for inappropriate relationships with three subordinates in a closely watched court case.
    
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair smiled and hugged his two lawyers in the courtroom Thursday morning after the judge's sentencing.
    
The final sentence could not exceed terms in a sealed agreement between defense lawyers and military attorneys. The agreement was unsealed Thursday and said Sinclair could have served no more than 18 months in jail.
    
Sinclair had been accused of sexual assault during his affair with one subordinate, but charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to several charges including adultery - a crime in the military.
    
His case comes as the military works to curb sexual misconduct and Congress considers military justice reforms aimed at helping assault victims.

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