Judge tosses sex-assault case against sergeant…

| August 27, 2019

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Keith A. Snyder with his late wife, Jessica, who died in 2015 after a long struggle with mixed connective tissue disease. (Photo Courtesy of Air Force Tech. Sgt. Keith A. Snyder)

…blasts court-martial overseer as denying due process.

On the heels of cases of Undue Command Influence and Military Prosecutors playing fast and loose with the accused’s Civil Rights, Mason sends us a link to a case of due process violation. Tech. Sgt. Keith A. Snyder was accused of sexual assault, but the case was thrown out by the Judge, Col. W. Shane Cohen. The court-martial’s convening authority, Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, refused to order evidence from Snyder’s accusers requested by his defense attorneys. From the article by Rowan Scarborough:

A military judge has bucked a two-star general by throwing out a sexual assault case against a sergeant at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.

Col. W. Shane Cohen, the judge, made a rare decision in the military criminal justice system by specifically citing the actions of Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, the court-martial’s convening authority, or overseer, as the reason he dismissed all charges against Tech. Sgt. Keith A. Snyder.

In a 13-page decision, Col. Cohen chastised Gen. Whiting for refusing to require the women who accused Sgt. Snyder of assault to turn over their social media communications and devices sought by defense attorneys. The prosecution issued subpoenas, but Gen. Whiting ordered lawyers not to enforce them.

“Once the GCMCA [Gen. Whiting] directed the trial counsel not to enforce their subpoenas, the government abdicated its obligations to the justice system,” Col. Cohen ruled in his Aug. 22 decision, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times.

A lesson, Flag Officers are not above the law. The rest of the article may be viewed here: Washington Times

Category: Air Force, Crime, Guest Link, Legal

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Very interesting, and timely too with all of the latest headlines. You really need to click on the linky to get more of this story, which I did.

    It wasn’t me and I wasn’t there in this case, so I don’t know what all of the facts are. That being said, as I have posted here in the past, I have been a victim of false accusations by women who were playing not only the victim card, but also a “let’s pool our fake cards and stack the deck” game. I do believe the women making accusations against Epstein and Billary; I did NOT believe the women/woman making accusations against Judge Kavanaugh.

    Here’s my take on this case. The TSGT lost his wife (a real cutie RIP) and after awhile got back into the dating thing to find a mate and possible mother to his children. These women saw him as a meal ticket, he finally figured out they were snake headed gold diggers and he beat feet. Hell hath NO fury like a woman scorned. They came after him, the Gnrl was doing the PC thing and the Colonel Judge slapped his wrist. As stated by one of the defense attorneys, this case would have never made it on the civilian side due to lack of real evidence.

    Best of Luck TSGT Snyder.

    • AW1Ed says:

      Very interesting, and timely too with all of the latest headlines.

      We do try, thanks. AW1 Rod and Mason get credit for the articles- I just add a graphic or two and post ’em up.

    • MSG Eric says:

      The investigation after the fact actually proved that all three Kavanaugh accusers were bullshit. Another man admitted to being the one in the incident with Ford (no media on that one), the one from Yale was another guy who was a known flasher in the dorms, and the third was looney tunes talking about gang rape parties she attended 9 times, because yeah that’s what women do, voluntarily go to gang rape parties (though CNN gave her top billing more than once).

      • Commissar says:

        False. No investigation proved anything of the sort.

        • rgr769 says:

          Looky, looky, the crazy commie seagull aka Squidward has made his appearance. Every time you open your cock-holster you prove how incurable your TDS is. You should stick to the circle-jerks with your Antifa pals.

          • USMC Steve says:

            Now you are just lying. The three mentioned were unequivocally discredited after the fact. You just ignored it and ran to your safe space because as usual, it didn’t suit your agenda.

        • Commie-Tsar says:

          I’m all ass hurt that my candidate for president Kristin Gillibrand cucked me and dropped out of the race. Now, I’m going to go for my real hero Bernie (and feel the burn in my micropenis of truth) or go get me some De Blasio commie lovin’ and live in a third world “paradise” … oops,I forgot about living in Oakland.

  2. STSC(SW/SS) says:

    Like politicians they think they are.

  3. Graybeard says:

    Now, where does Tech. Sgt. Keith A. Snyder go to get his life back?

    There ought to be severe consequences for both the females and the General for such behavior.

    • Cameron Kingsley says:

      I agree. I personally believe if someone pulls something like that and the accused gets jailed then the perpatraitor should be forced to serve the same amount of time that the accused did before they were realised with no chance of parole and a little extra time thrown in as well as paying restitution (this goes for the perpatraitor and the prosecutor). I fear one of these days the wrong person is going to be accused and it will not end well for the accuser especially with the way colleges are handling it (in that case, it might not end well for anyone on campus either) and it will be THAT DAY when this practice actually stops because people will see the potential consequences of what happens when someone has their life ruined and thus feel like they have nothing left to lose and when everyone asks why, all you have to do is point out what was done to them when they were falsely accused of sexual assualt and had everything stripped from them when they did nothing wrong.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      If the not-so-good general was confident in the prosecution’s case, he’d have no reason to do what he did, meaning he deliberately attempted to secure a false conviction against a man whose guilt wasn’t supported by the evidence.

      Remember the discussion of the old Code Duello and possible modern updates? Seems to me that in this case, Snyder should have the option of issuing a challenge to General ScrewTheRules. Let God and Saint John Moses Browning decide the outcome, or kiss his stars goodbye for trying to screw an innocent man over and then not having the balls to face him.

      • Thunderstixx says:

        When he found out that the charges were lies he had already become invested in the case before that point at which time he was attempting another case of CYA.
        Those never end well…
        And I totally agree the lying wench that brought the charges should be remanded to Ft Leavenworth under FEDERAL charges for lying to the courts.
        These actions won’t stop until the courts start taking their time seriously and too busy to fuck with whiny little bitches like the aforementioned sluts…..

    • C.P says:

      Perhaps you’de change your mind if you knew demoted Ssgt Keith Snyder is a convicted felon with jail time, prior sexual misconduct on his record and disciplinary action for violating multiple Military Protect Orders in order to stalk and harass his victims…

      Maybe if you actual had factual journalism you wouldn’t have a serial sexual predator looking like a boy scout.

      • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

        OOPS… we have a visitor

        Clean up in Aisle 3
        Clean up in Aisle 3

      • USMC Steve says:

        Fuck you, idiot. If he was a felon, he would not have gotten into the Air Force, and if he got busted while in, they would have booted him. Felons are not allowed to stay in. Additionally, that information would have come to light in this matter, and it hasn’t, because you are full of shit. Suck it, stalker.

  4. Club Manager, USA ret. says:

    Kudos to the JAG colonel. Fortunately for TSgt Snyder he got a JAG who didn’t see his star on the horizon and opted to do the right thing. Some PC EEO snowflake probably told the MG they should not traumatize these dear ladies and he was dumb enough to follow their advice. Hopefully he will not move up the ranks and they should retire him at his permanent as opposed to current grade as a lesson to all Commanders.

    • Cameron Kingsley says:

      This is not a good way to recruit or retain people either if they feel they are just going to be railroaded when they are accused of something (especially if its false).

    • Ret_25X says:

      I would be interested to know if the oh so PC general is related to or has someone in the family that knows one of these women….

      Pushing a case without proper investigation is so stupid that only a moron would do it…but add prior relationships and the whole story changes…

  5. chooee lee says:

    So, what happens to this dickhead general now? Let me guess, nothing.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      In a perfect world, Snyder kills him on the Field of Honor. But the world isn’t perfect, so you’re almost certainly right.

  6. Stacy0311 says:

    SGT Snyder broke the cardinal guy rule: NEVER stick your d*** in crazy. Sadly sometimes it’s disguised and when he realized it, it was too late.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Not all of them show crazy before they set the hook. They ramp it up after you sample the merchandise and show up reliably for more.

      Hopefully, they show it before marriage. However, dudes will overlook much if she is … enthusiastic … at play. And those sorts get lots of practice.

    • Sapper3307 says:

      BAH drive a women insane.

    • USMC Steve says:

      You can tell by the wacked out eyeballs on this critter that she is front to back nuts. From the link, it sounds like she is accomplished in the art of being a professional victim as well.

    • Ret_25X says:

      That drips with teh stoopid….

    • Sapper3307 says:

      She reads like an BerNAtsy offspring.

    • Comm Center Rat says:

      “An active yogi, hoop dancing enthusiast and self-proclaimed whiskey chick, she is a third generation breast cancer survivor, recovering anorexic/bulimic and is on life six or seven of her nine lives.” ~ From Christie’s blog

      She’s a feral cat 2/3 of the way through her nine lives. Men, run, run so far away…got to get away from cray cray.

      • Thunderstixx says:

        Cray cray ain’t the words….
        Plain ass paranoid schizophrenic manifestations and nihilistic pronouncements !!!
        WOW !!!!!
        Just WOW !!!!!!

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        She indicates that she has two children (she says) in their mid-20s, which means that she is NO young thing and has NOT been for a while.

        She has a severe case of “LOOK AT ME!” I would take what she says with a large block of salt.

    • Peter the Bubblehead says:

      Can the Tech Sgt sue for slander for this being published on-line??

      • rgr769 says:

        Yes he can, cuz he is likely not a public figure. But this cray cray scrunt is unlikely to have much in the way of assets. Plus, plaintiff lawers who file defamation cases rarely take them on a contingent fee basis, unless they are only looking for publicity.

    • SGT Ted says:

      The Cruella DeVille eyebrows are like a visual warning signal that nature gives dangerous animals

  7. MI Ranger says:

    Sorry to hear this hero had to be put through hell twice. First his wife dies, and then as he is trying to pick up the pieces this group of vindictive individuals sends him back.
    Hopefully, the military takes some action against the one still serving, and the civilian courts can have their day with the other two (unless they can bring the one back on active duty to send her to prison). Shame on them.