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Saying that the Army has made it "impossible for me to present a defense" at the Article 32 "preliminary hearing" previously scheduled for June 11, 2010, Lt. Colonel Terrence Lakin has officially waived -cancelled--that proceeding. Therefore, the case will move inexorably on to a General Court Martial.
The purpose of an Article 32 hearing is for a military official to consider evidence and make a recommendation to a commander about whether a case should go to trial.
Dasey, the military spokesman, sent along this statement on the case:
LTC Lakin waived his Article 32 hearing on 4 June 2010. Â Once the Article 32
was waived, the charges were forwarded by Walter Reed commanding general with a recommendation as to disposition to MG Horst, the Military District of Washington Commander, on 8 June 2010. It is now up to MG Horst, to determine if the case will go to court-martial and the level of court-martial. MG Horst could also decide that some other disposition is more appropriate than court-martial. Â MG Horst is the General Court-Martial Convening Authority for Soldiers assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
The American Patriot Foundation also said Lakin will be releasing a new YouTube video, but it's not out yet.
(This post has been updated with comment from the military.)