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Jury orders blogger to pay $8.4 million
to ex-Army colonel she accused of rape

Washington Post, by Tom Jackman

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Posted By:MissMolly, 8/12/2017 5:07:03 AM

Col. David “Wil” Riggins, after a highly decorated Army career that included multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was on the verge of promotion to brigadier general in July 2013 when he got a phone call at the Pentagon from the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division to come in for a meeting. Once there, he learned that a blogger in Washington state had just accused him of raping her, when both were cadets at West Point in 1986. An investigation was underway. Riggins waived his right to an attorney and immediately gave a statement denying any sexual assault of the woman, Susan


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 8/12/2017 6:01:00 AM     (No. 11349185)

good read, detailed. very sad that though he won he really lost in terms of reputation. He is clearly innocnet but how will he wipe the stain of this liar off him?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LadyVet, 8/12/2017 6:51:42 AM     (No. 11349192)

Another case of a female admitting that she was passing-out drunk, but could definitely remember being raped while she was passed out. Thank goodness this female never was commissioned into the Army.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: daisymay, 8/12/2017 7:05:50 AM     (No. 11349200)

She sounds like a First Class Liar. So glad he won his case. He certainly was hurt financially by what she did and but will never see the money he was awarded by the Judge.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: F15 Gork, 8/12/2017 7:09:17 AM     (No. 11349207)

In the not too distant future, I suspect guys are going to have to start wearing body cams 24/7.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jj1319, 8/12/2017 7:28:23 AM     (No. 11349219)

Life throws curve balls every now and then. Riggins is the kind of guy that meets the challenge and moves on. While the remedy here is based on money (as if money fixes anything), Riggins earned something that surpasses all the rest: honor and dignity. He´ll be fine.

Shannon, OTOH, is a professional victim. And a member of the fairer sex. Despite showing some early promise, her future is bleak. Too bad she has children.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: arkfamily, 8/12/2017 7:30:26 AM     (No. 11349223)

This is what I am not understanding about people. Unless you are very, very certain about the character of people at a party, maybe a person should reconsider their attendance. Too much alcohol and drugs make for bad decisions. There are a ton of other fun things to do but it just seems like everyone is drawn to alcohol and drugs. I believe this ex-army colonel should have found something else to attend.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: hershey, 8/12/2017 7:31:47 AM     (No. 11349225)

The ´left´ probably rolled her out to kill Riggin´s career when they found out he was going to be promoted...
That is the kind of stuff they do. Look at all the other claims against conservatives if you don´t agree....

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Namma, 8/12/2017 8:17:37 AM     (No. 11349248)

I would think a women who was raped would seek medical attention ASAP. The women would have proof of being raped and possibly protect herself from STD. Common sense here. Hard to believe her story.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/12/2017 8:40:34 AM     (No. 11349270)

And that, almost above all other reasons is why women should not be allowed in the command and fighting forces of any nation- not as a blended force. The potential damage they can do is chaotic. I would not care if they had their own branch of service- The Russians and Israelis did well with all-female brigades, tank outfits and fighter pilots. so, I´m not saying they can´t fight. It the mix in intimate circumstances, which the military by it´s very nature experiences.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: susieq1, 8/12/2017 9:17:11 AM     (No. 11349294)

Would like to read but do not give WP any clicks. Agree with #9 don´t mix the sexes when you have women alongside of men to do the job of the man, most of the time the man has to pick up the slack. My son (army) experienced this first-hand.

Slam me all you would like (I am female); but it seems women have been messing up since the Garden of Eden.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Janjan, 8/12/2017 10:00:10 AM     (No. 11349332)

The Army destroyed his career based on he said she said unsubstantiated allegations. He should have sued them.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MDConservative, 8/12/2017 10:05:35 AM     (No. 11349335)

She´s an ex-girlriend and self-proclaimed "Rebel". They guy is up for promotion to flag rank. She may not read the military press, but I´d not be surprised to learn she still has friends among her former classmates who may have mentioned that her old boyfriend was up for his star. I don´t think it´s any leftist conspiracy.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: chance_232, 8/12/2017 10:21:29 AM     (No. 11349352)

I´ve seen a number of military and civilian careers destroyed or damaged after accusations of harassment. It´s been my observation that, in any large company, when a woman makes an accusation, HR comes in and dumps on the man like a ton of bricks. More than once I´ve seen HR complete their investigation without the accused even being aware or allowed to give their side of events.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dovestar, 8/12/2017 10:32:58 AM     (No. 11349361)

Not engaging in sex outside of marriage prevents a number of problems.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: MickinPhoenix, 8/12/2017 10:38:52 AM     (No. 11349366)

Sounds a lot like what is happening at FOX News. Highly educated women making a ton of $ in great positions YEARS LATER REMEMBERING they were sexually abused by a senior Co-Worker and now MILLIONS of $ are available and WILLING Lawyers are standing in line for a piece of the action. I hope that Bolling succeeds in his effort to overcome this.....Mick

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mrduc, 8/12/2017 11:10:59 AM     (No. 11349413)

Re #10, regarding the Garden, Gen 3:6"... and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. " Eve didn´t hold a gun to his head. Just wanted to set the record straight what happened in the G of E, and I don´t think it applies here.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: kono, 8/12/2017 11:43:29 AM     (No. 11349444)

As soon as Shannon decided to go public with her accusations, she needed to channel them through the justice system. Accusing somebody of rape, assault, or murder through a blog is, even in the best case, vigilante justice. Even if the accusation was true, the revenge is, at best, just as bad.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 8/12/2017 12:16:02 PM     (No. 11349470)

Just wanted to drop a comment vis-à-vis the "they didn´t let me put on witnesses against his character" dodge: The colonel´s character has nothing to do with whether there was "free beer" at West Point, whether the tunnel can be seen from the road, whether the Colonel had a car or was allowed to drive it on campus, etc., etc.--the kinds of factual discrepancies which convinced the jury that Shannon was making stuff up. Hopefully the appeal will go nowhere.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: clipped wings, 8/12/2017 12:34:30 PM     (No. 11349492)

McHugh, the former Sec. Army should also be the target of a lawsuit, IMO.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: watashiyo, 8/12/2017 1:20:10 PM     (No. 11349528)

I guess pre-marital sex has its consequences in a very unexpected ways.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: dvc, 8/12/2017 1:55:43 PM     (No. 11349563)

Numerous factual details of her story are provably false, the story collapses under the weight of the lies.

She did great harm, and I hope that this is a serious financial burden for her and family.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 8/12/2017 4:08:53 PM     (No. 11349680)

@#6 - What does your last sentence even mean? Why should the Colonel have found ´something else to attend?´ The jury concluded he did nothing wrong and that she didn´t prove her case. Also, why do you not conclude that the accuser should also not have found ´something else to attend?´

Signed, Perflexed

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Reply 23 - Posted by: harper, 8/12/2017 4:10:02 PM     (No. 11349681)

Now lemme guess which one is the Democrat in the woodpile...

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Reply 24 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/13/2017 2:24:31 AM     (No. 11349983)

I wasn´t judgemental until I read her opinion on Newtown, CT and Adam Lanza.

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