This is just a mess from beginning to end.
I agree with the appeals court in overturning the conviction. I don’t see sufficient proof of sexual assault to rise to a beyond a reasonable doubt standard. And hopefully the United States Court for Appeals for the Armed Forces will decline to review this decision and thus end this criminal case for good.
But beyond the simple facts of the case, this incident reflects extremely poorly on the Naval Academy. Second year cadets out drinking to the point of intoxication, to the point where they are unfit to consent to sex. They shouldn’t be drinking at all. This is a ******* MILITARY ACADEMY, not a frat house at a State University.
No wonder the Navy is in such a deplorable shape if this is the standard they hold Midshipmen to.
The Navy needs to vastly tighten standards at the Naval Academy, including a ban on alcohol consumption from recruit reporting day up until the moment they throw their hats in the air.