Offensive Action – 164

Commander Beth O’Neil was charged with sexual harassment by Lt. Cursey to whom she had given a poor fitness report. Harm (H) and Manetti (Mn), of JAG, defended her but differed in their assessment of O’Neil. Manetti believed she was innocent, H that she was hiding something. Cursey claimed that O’Neil had called him into her BOQ in the evening, commented on his girlfriend, and paused before she signed his report. He believed she was waiting for him to offer sexual favors and she wouldn’t sign it although she never actually said anything of the kind. He told Mn “I don’t know how to say this with being vain but I’ve been approached by women before, a lot.” He really had never actually confronted or warned O’Neil before going ahead and filing charges. During the case, others testified that O’Neil had seemed inappropriate to them referring to male personnel. Lt. Murtaugh wanted to testify that she “danced with him.” Lt Cdr Nancy Yorkin said O’Neil asked if she had ever fantasized about sleeping with Cursey. She had replied that Manetti pursued the answer until Yorkin admitted “yes, but never acted on it” – then believed that O’Neil was meaning she had done the same thing but probably never acted on it either.
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Defending His Honor – 156

[Interesting JAG story, tantalizing back-story about Webb and Terrorists, annoying soapbox opera between Bud and Harriet]

The substitute ranking JAG officer, Singer (S), welcomed the real JAG, Chegwidden (C), back from his absence with a list of her “make work” accomplishments that made Harriet (Ht) tell him that everyone is “extremely grateful” that he was back. Singer then, intentionally fomented discord between them by telling Harriet about Coates (Co) being on the ship with Bud (B) – and then telling B about Ht’s buying a new house; neither of which had told the other. Singer’s intent was that she might get Bs billet if he decided to come home. Turner (T) volunteered to 2nd chair Mac (M) against Harm’s (H) defense of Judge, Capt Seibring (Sb), for the involuntary manslaughter of Jennifer Wilson’s baby, Ruby, during some of his “road rage.” Seibring refused to plea bargain with M on his principles saying that he didn’t do it. Chegwidden testified that Sb had the patience of a saint so M went after a time when Sb’s son had run away from drug rehab and Sb used “tough love” by throwing him out of the house. Seibring told H to “drop it” when H tried to explain it away in redirect. Then, when H went ahead anyway, Judge Helfman had to gavel Sb down when he “lost it.”
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