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A new release from GLB Publishers
entitled Guilty As Charged (ISBN 1-879194-83-X) focuses on one such person, the author Jay Hatheway
time spent in the Special Forces from 1971-1976 and the discrimination he
encountered during that time.
What makes this autobiography so interesting is the fact that Hatheway
never denies to the reader that he
has engaged in homosexual activities.
Instead, the focus here is on trumped up charges brought against him.
A strict policy in the military dictates that if someone so much as accuses you of committing homosexual acts, you're considered guilty until proven innocent.
Through the course of the book, we're introduced to Hatheway and his life from a poor student at a military school through his rise in ranks in the military.
Just as he's
within literally days of retiring, false charges are brought against him that state he
has engaged in homosexual acts with a man of lesser rank.
Fraternizing with your subordinates is one problem when you're an officer, but sex between men is considered an even worse crime.
The book then takes on its life as we're brought through the various meetings, trials, lies and accusations eventually culminating in Hatheway's dismissal from the military.
is harassed viciously by his
fellow officers, people with a history of lying under oath are allowed to be witnesses against him and Hatheway's life becomes a downward spiral of despair as the judge continuously moves against both his
lawyer and himself.
Writer Hatheway presents the story of his confrontation with the US military as he and his attorneys attempted to overturn Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Conduct Justice.
Written in a poignant, readable manner Hatheway's
book is offered in 15 chapters including: I Must Be a Fag, Special Forces Detachment Europe, The Trial Begins, The Sentence, and My Day of Outrage.
This first constitutional challenge to the statutory prohibition of homosexuality did not end in a positive outcome for LT Hatheway, however, it was something he
had to do.
Only days before he
was to be separated from military duty Hatheway was charged with sodomy with another serviceman.
Such behavior with court marshall martial a possible outcome is prohibited by Article 125.
For those who have no military background, writer Hatheway begins with 2 pages of military anachronisms and their meanings.
poignant narrative begins in his
twenties with the charge of sodomy made against him by the military in 1975 and then recounts his
life record as a gay person to the 1970s and the charge.
childhood spent in the Middle East, Europe, and California, included his
narrated fascination with his
sexual discoveries made with male friends along with a growing interest in male nudity.
LT Hatheway received a Reserve
Officers Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship which obligated him to military service following his
was a good soldier of proven ability is obvious: Hatheway's
military prowess led to his
special forces green beret.
Special forces training is not and was not a walk in the park to accomplish.
Hatheway reveals he
did take part in cautious homosexual relationships despite his
mindfulness of the military's opposition to gays.
Hatheway, along with his lawyer Chris Coates, was taken to trial surrounded by an atmosphere of discrimination and sophistry.
book is well written, filled with footnotes and an index as one might expect from a scholarly work presented by a college professor and presents his
story in a straight forward, no nonsense manner.
One brave soldier who violated the Code of Military Justice boldly relates his tale in GUILTY AS CHARGED . In 1975, Special Forces 1st Lieutenant Jay Hatheway attempted to overturn Article 125, specifically the clauses regarding sodomy.
Although the United States Supreme Court
rejected the statute, arguments presented at that time set a precedent for subsequent attempts to refute the ban on homosexuals and homosexual behavior in the military.
Five days before Hatheway was to leave the service, a surprise call from his Colonel changed his life forever.
Commander read Hatheway
's rights and then read the charge of sodomy.
In return for a "nonjudicial discharge under conditions less than honorable for the good of the service," public scandal and an extended enlistment during prosecution could be avoided.
An offer of prison or a dishonorable discharge following four years of exemplary service leaves Hatheway
Public branding as gay insures he
will be officially disgraced, denied VA benefits, and will never serve in any branch of the Federal Government.
He'd badly underestimated the seriousness with which the military reacts to homosexuality.
formative years and growing sexual proclivities, he
reveals a normal background and healthy inquisitiveness.
's writing style is self-honest, revealing a side of the military seldom discussed as he
doldly describes a world kept hidden and greatly ridiculed.