At his court-martial, a nine-member jury had acquitted Thompson of the sexual assault charge but still found him guilty of five lesser offenses, including conduct unbecoming an officer, indecent conduct and fraternization.The verdict devastated him, marring a career and reputation he’d built for more than two decades.In the coming months, as I sifted through hundreds of documents and interviewed people across the country, I’d discover that government authorities had made significant blunders.Naval investigators had missed vital clues, and prosecutors had failed to call key witnesses at the court-martial while also presenting false arguments at the trial and board of inquiry hearing.I copied this list down a long time ago from somewhere, and these rules have served our family well over the years. It comes from the book New Skills for Frazzled Parents: The Instruction Manual That Should Have Come With Your Child, by Daniel G. 67.) What do you think about having a list of family rules? How has having such a list been helpful to you (or not)?
After he’d served his sentence, the government got a second shot to end his career with what’s known as a board of inquiry.
Three Marine Corps officers were assigned to decide whether Thompson should be discharged for his crimes.
It was at that hearing — in March 2014, at a time when the armed forces were under unprecedented pressure to eradicate an epidemic of sexual misconduct — that something remarkable happened: The board saw no proof that Thompson had done anything wrong and concluded he should not have been found guilty. Thompson, a divorced father of two, had a dazzling command of his case’s intricacies, able to quickly recall obscure details and testimony.
These are not just rules for them to follow at our house. Our children represent our family wherever they go, and we expect them to behave accordingly.
*based on true story which happened during Korean war of 1950-1953 In 1950, amidst the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Sleyman stumbles upon a a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight.