Naval Academy superintendent bows to legal pressure

It is obvious that the decision of the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy to court-martial two of the midshipmen charged with having sex with an irresponsible drunk (who The Sun refuses to identify while having no qualms about destroying the reputation of those charged) was influenced by the preposterous lawsuit filed by the woman's attorney, the intent of which was clearly just that ("Two former Navy football players face court-martial in alleged sexual assault," Oct. 10).

This, despite a contrary recommendation by the judge who heard the eight-day case and had the opportunity to evaluate the credibility of the witnesses and the value of their sworn testimony. One would hope that the superintendent would have more guts than the weather vane this one appears to be.

Thomas F. McDonough, Towson

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