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Muslim Chaplain's Case Sparks Questions

James Yee, a Muslim chaplain in the Army, spent 76 days in a prison cell while authorities tried to build a capital espionage case against him. Now he is free, the most serious allegations replaced by lesser ones like adultery and possession of pornography, and the military justice system itself is on trial. Yee is due to appear Wednesday in front of a military judge in Fort Benning, Ga., for his preliminary hearing. Originally scheduled for Dec. 2, the hearing has been postponed four times — for a total of 78 days — so the Army can review classified documents in the case. Both sides say it’s possible his preliminary hearing could be delayed again. Prosecutors aren’t saying much publicly about this case, but it’s apparent they are no longer pursuing charges of spying, which could carry the death penalty. Initial reports had said Yee was a target of an espionage probe at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he ministered to suspected terrorists. Full Story

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