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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 49 • december 3, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
Long-awaited study a rms ‘low’ riskto military eectiveness
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
The Pentagon on Tuesday released its long-awaited “Don’t Ask,Don’t Tell” report — which found open service can be implemented inthe armed forces with limited disruption to the military — as DefenseSecretary Robert Gates renewed his call for Congress to repeal thegay ban by year’s end.“Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Sen-ate to pass this legislation and send it to the president for his signaturebefore the end of this year,” Gates said during a news conference.Gates added that legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a“matter of some urgency” because of pending litigation that couldstrike down the statute.“It is only a matter of time before the federal courts are drawn oncemore into the fray with the very real possibility that this change wouldbe imposed immediately by judicial ﬁat — by far the most disruptiveand damaging scenario I can imagine,” Gates said.Still, the defense secretary maintained the military would need sometime to prepare for open service even after Congress repeals the stat-
Betts family seeks hate crime probe
Pentagon leaders push ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal
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‘Now that we have completed this review, I strongly urge the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to the presidentfor his signature before the end of this year,’ Defense Secretary
said this week about the military’s gay ban.
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Murder charge dropped for 3rd defendantin gay principal’s slaying
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Prosecutors are dropping a ﬁrst-degree murder chargeagainst the third of four defendants arrested in the slaying ofgay D.C. middle school principal Brian Betts and will allowhim to plead guilty to a lesser offense of accessory to murder,according to court documents.Joel Johnson, 19, was expected to accept the accessory tomurder charge at a hearing this week in Montgomery County Cir-cuit Court in Rockville. The charge carries a maximum sentence of ﬁve years in prison.His appearance comes one week after Betts’ family members announced through their attorneythat they were calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether Betts’ murder in April wasmotivated by anti-gay bias.It also comes one week after fellow defendant Alante Saunders, also 19, was sentenced to 40 years in
Visit washingtonblade.com for coverage of this week’scongressional hearings on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’