Judge Denounces “Witch Hunt” in the Military

Questioning the manner in which the Navy investigated a woman’s sexual orientation, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan halted the dismissal of Amy Barnes Friday (3-29) and said she had a “strong likelihood” of winning her lawsuit against the Navy. Barnes’ suit takes issue with the investigation into her sexual orientation which she says was begun after she was approached by a petty officer in a bar and harassed when she refused his sexual advances. Under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, any investigation of homosexuality must be instigated by reports of “credible” information and must be authorized by a commanding officer which did not happen in Barnes’ case. The case marks the first time a service member alleging a “witch hunt” has filed suit


The Washington Post - March 30, 1996

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