Former top prosecutor for Air Force seeks justice for victims of sexual assault in the military

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CROP -- Don Christensen 6-5-15

Donald Christensen (above left), the former chief prosecutor for the U.S. Air Force, was the keynote speaker on Friday, June 5, 2015, at the 7th Annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference & Training at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

“I love military justice,” said Christensen, whose family’s military roots go back six generations. “I also know what its weaknesses are.”

In a high-profile case, Christensen in 2012 successfully prosecuted Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, the inspector general at Aviano Air Base in Italy and a respected fighter pilot who was accused of sexual assault by a female physician’s assistant on the base. Wilkerson was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault, sentenced to a year in prison and dismissed from the Air Force. A few months later, Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, the convening authority, overturned the conviction. (A convening authority is authorized to modify the findings and sentence of a court-martial.)…

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