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CALL TO ACTION FROM THE AMERICAN PATRIOT FOUNDATION
(Aug. 12, 2010) — LTC LAKIN has been threatened by the prosecutor in his court martial with physical violence. The American Patriot Foundation URGENTLY requests you call, email and fax his commanding general tomorrow starting 9:00 am eastern time, and say “DON’T TASE LTC LAKIN. Stop Brodsky’s misconduct.”
Major General Carla Hawley-Bowland’s phone number is (202) 782-1104; fax is (202) 782-0940, and her email is email@example.com
The afternoon before the hearing, LTC Steven Brodsky told LTC Lakin’s counsel that Lakin must report hours before the hearing to his duty post at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in order for him to be “transported under escort” to make sure he showed up at the arraignment “to avoid embarrassing his unit.” Brodsky rejected all pleas from Lakin’s counsel that this was not merely highly unusual and that an enlisted man facing similar charges would not suffer such indignity, but that there was zero chance that Lakin would not attend a hearing when he had, quite literally “invited [his] own court martial.”
Brodsky told Lakin’s counsel that an Army Colonel had been detailed to be Lakin’s escort and that he, Brodsky, would not reconsider. However, Brodsky is a judge advocate, and as such his job is to prosecute LTC Lakin. He has no role -or at least should have no role-in deciding the manner in which Lakin relates to his commanders, and vice versa.
However, the following day, outside the courtroom, Brodsky went far beyond interference with Lakin’s commanders. While Lakin was waiting near the courtroom, Brodsky and COL Melanie Craig (Lakin’s “escort”) stood around the corner in the main hallway and in voices easily audible to LTC Lakin, spoke about the need to prevent Lakin after the hearing from speaking to the media, “signing autographs or kissing babies.” Brodsky then said to Craig “just taser him and throw him in the van.”
Lakin says of the incident: “LTC Brodsky meant for me to hear those words, no question. When COL Craig returned to where I was, she said to me ‘you probably heard all that, didn’t you?’ I replied it would have been hard not to. After the hearing, my lawyers asked COL Craig for permission for me to speak to the press, since both CNN and NBC had sent camera crews, but she rudely refused, and she ordered me back into her vehicle to be transported back to Walter Reed.” Lakin concluded his remarks today with: “DON’T TASE ME ‘BRO’!”
At the brief arraignment, the Court set dates for motion hearings on September 3rd and 14th at 11:00 a.m., and for the trial to be held from October 13-15, 2010 starting each day at 9:00 a.m. LTC Brodsky has stated that these hearings will be held at Ft. Meade, Maryland.
MG Hawley-Bowland commands all of Lakin’s superiors, and should have prevented them from being improperly influenced by the prosecuting attorney who is NOT in the Walter Reed chain of command. She can, and should, order that Lakin not be singled out for persecution and that his rights to speak to the media, and even to “kiss babies,” to paraphrase LTC Brodsky, should not be infringed. She should be told, frankly, “DON’T TASE HIM, ‘BRO’!”
It should be noted that the Military Judge in Lakin’s case has no authority over Lakin’s supervisors, and that therefore the Judge is NOT the one Lakin’s supporters should contact. Rather, supporters are asked to only contact MG Hawley-Bowland, because it is she who not only has the power to command Lakin’s company commander and others not to permit the prosecutor to interfere, but who SHOULD do so.
The American Patriot Foundation, a non-profit group incorporated in 2003 to foster appreciation and respect for the U.S. Constitution, which has established a fund for Lakin’s legal defense to LTC Lakin. Further details are available on the Foundation’s website, www.safeguardourconstitution.com
FULL PRESS RELEASE CAN BE FOUND HERE.