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Potential Pentagon Influence Leads To Second Chance At Plea In Army Sex Assault Case

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U.S. Army General Jeffrey Sinclair, then Col. Sinclair, in 2009. (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

U.S. Army General Jeffrey Sinclair, then Col. Sinclair, in 2009. (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Attorneys for an Army general charged with sexual assault will try renegotiate a plea deal with a new set of military officials.

The judge in Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair’s case sent the jury of generals back to their duty stations on Tuesday morning, indicating that the trial is not likely to resume soon.

Judge Col. James Pohl made the offer for another try at a plea deal Monday after finding evidence that the case may have been improperly influenced by political concerns.

The twist came with the Pentagon under heavy pressure from Congress and beyond to combat rape and other sex crimes in the military.

Sinclair, 51, is accused of twice forcing a female captain to perform oral sex. He has admitted to an affair but denied assaulting the woman.

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