Court Martial Results

The Colonel’s Daughter – The Case of the “Drugged” CIA Analyst

U.S. v. Navy O-3 – Honolulu, Hawaii – tried at Norfolk Navy Base, Virginia

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Allegations: Rape/Sexual Assault
Max Punishment: Life in prison, Dismissal, Sex offender registration
Sentence: NONE
Discharge: NONE
Location/Branch/Rank: Honolulu, HI, tried at Naval Base Norfolk, VA/Navy/O-3


Our client was accused of drugging and raping a high-profile and well-connected alleged victim. She was a CIA analyst, the wife of an Army doctor and officer, and the daughter of a retired Colonel that worked on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. Witnesses included the senior Admiral from the British Navy and the director of the NSA.

Drug Cia AnalystIn this battle, Mr. Waddington and LT Leila Mullican faced a tremendous amount of unlawful command influence. The alleged victim’s father was close friends with many Generals and Admirals that were “interested” in the outcome of the case. The deck was stacked, from Article 32 until the trial.

Another challenge faced by the defense team was keeping our client’s name and his family out of the media.

The defense assembled a team of rock stars with Dr. Thomas Grieger, a renowned forensic psychiatrist and one of the top experts in the business and forensic nurse, Mrs. Anita Brown, (the military’s go-to forensic Nurse Examiner). With this firepower, Mr. Waddington’s team took the battle to the enemy and fought the case in front of an officer jury.

The Navy brought in their best prosecutor, who was notorious at Norfolk for his trials skills and his impressive win rate, one of the highest in the Navy.

Note: This “victim” was one of the most cunning witnesses that Mr. Waddington has ever faced.

San Diego Rape Court Martial Avoided – Charges Dropped

U.S. v. Navy E-4 – San Diego Navy Base

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Allegations: Article 120 Sexual Assault
Max Punishment: 60+ years in prison, Dishonorable Discharge, Sex offender registration
Sentence: NONE
Discharge: NONE
Location/Branch/Rank: Naval Base San Diego, San Diego, CA/Navy/E-4


Our client was accused of sexually assaulting a female sailor in her quarters. Our client maintained his innocence and refused to plead guilty. As the trial date approached, the defense lawyers, Mrs. Gonzalez-Waddington, and CDR William Weiland prepared for trial.

Our goals were to: avoid a Federal conviction, avoid sex offender registration, avoid jail time, and allow our client to leave the Navy with an Honorable Discharge and his GI Bill benefits intact.

On the eve of trial, the prosecution agreed to drop all court-martial charges if our client agreed to fight the case at NJP/Captain’s Mast.


No Federal Conviction, No Sex Offender Registration, No Jail Time, and our client’s GI Bill is intact.

Marine Corps Rape Allegation Goes Away

U.S. v. Marine O-3 – Marine Forces Reserve, Naval Support Activity, New Orleans, LA

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Allegations: Article 120 Rape/Sexual Assault
Max Punishment: Life in prison, Dismissal, Sex offender registration
Result: ALL SEX CHARGES dropped. Case reduced to a Special Court – Misdemeanor Level – for Adultery and Conduct Unbecoming
Sentence: Restriction for 60, NO sex offender registration, NO felony conviction, NO jail time, Forfeiture of pay
Discharge: NONE
Location/Branch/Rank: Marine Forces Reserve, Naval Support Activity, New Orleans, LA/Marine Corps/O-3


A married female Marine officer accused our client of rape. Our client took and passed two polygraphs. The alleged “victim” did not take a Marine Corps Sexual Assaultpolygraph.

Basically, the female officer cheated on her husband with our client and lied to cover up the affair. The alleged victim had a history of lying and adultery. Because NCIS wants convictions, regardless of the truth, they ignored key evidence and failed to collect evidence that proved our client’s innocence. They also disregarded the two polygraphs.

Mr. Waddington and Capt David Segraves aggressively fought the allegations at Article 32. The NCIS agent was exposed as incompetent and corrupt. The Article 32 officer determined that our client was innocent of rape. The NCIS agent became angry after Article 32. He then launched a personal vendetta against our client, contacted his civilian employer and tried to get our client fired by claiming he was a rapist.

Luckily, we had the two polygraphs and the result from Article 32.

In the end, the rape charges were dropped and our client pled guilty at a lower court (Special Court-Martial) to adultery (the alleged victim was married, our client was single) and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman. As a reward, the alleged victim was given protected “Victim Status” and continues to serve as a Marine Officer. She was never disciplined for adultery or for lying.

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