Miraculous Memory or Coaching of a Witness by Prosecutors?

One of the key witnesses for the prosecution during the three-day court-martial of Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was veteran German taxi cab driver Monika Haug.

SFC Kelly Stewart returns from a mission in Iraq.

During questioning six months before the trial, according to official documents, Haug told German police officials, “I’m sorry I don’t see her in front of my eyes anymore right now,” later adding, “I believe she had blonde dyed hair.  I don’t remember her clothing or age right now anymore.”

During the trial one year after she had allegedly picked up Stewart’s 28-year-old accuser in front of the Stuttgart-Marriott Hotel in Sindelfingen, Germany, Haug was able to remember accurate details about Stewart’s accuser (i.e., that she was wearing knee-high boots, had long black hair, etc.) that she wasn’t able to remember when it should have been fresh on her mind.  A miracle perhaps or was it coaching by prosecutors that helped Haug “improve” her memory?

You can learn more about that question and others that surfaced in this case of military justice gone awry.  Read the soon-to-be-published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice, by Bob McCarty.  In ebook and print versions, IS will be available at booksellers everywhere Oct. 19.

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Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.

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