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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Coast Guart Court Martial Appeal

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a former Coast Guard Academy cadet convicted of extortion and indecent assault charges.

Webster Smith is the only Coast Guard Academy cadet ever court-martialed.

He was convicted in 2006, but acquitted of a rape charge. The conviction had been upheld by the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals and by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Smith sought a Supreme Court review based largely on the Sixth Amendment argument that he had not been able to question the credibility of one of his accusers.

The appeals court ruled that cross examination of that person was “neither material nor vital.”

The Day of New London reports that the Supreme Court declined to hear the case without saying why.
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Information from: The Day, http://www.theday.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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