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Discharge for Sgt. Gary Stein, board recommends

 

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a three-member panel has requested an other-than-honorable discharge from the Corps for Sgt. Gary Stein. The recommendation was made around 11p.m. Pacific Time (that’s 2a.m. here) and followed a full day of testimony about Stein’s activities on his Facebook page, Armed Forces Tea Party.

Prosecution argued that Stein’s posts on the site, which included angry and critical comments about President Obama. They also testified that Stein also sold bumper stickers reading NOBAMA 2012 on another website. 

The Marine’s defense team maintained that he was exercising his First Amendment right and acting as an individual, not as a Marine, when he made the comments. They said Stein did not enjoy full citizenship if he was barred from entering political discussion.

Stein’s case will now go to Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, the general officer who convened the hearing, for a decision on whether or not to accent the board’s recommendation. 

Read more here.

 

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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