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Some readers are interested in more information about authors of their favorite books, especially fiction writers. GLB Publishers presents capsule info about authors, with the permission of the authors, of course. Send us your e-mail to select the ones who interest you! Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Jay Hatheway holds the PhD in Modern European History from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and currently teaches European History at Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin, where he is an Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History.
Guilty As Charged Chpt. 1
Copyright © 2001 Jay Hatheway
Jay Hatheway holds the PhD in Modern European History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently teaches European History at Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin, where he is an Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History. Specifically, this is the story of the 1975 court martial of Special Forces 1st Lieutenant Jay Hatheway as represented by the Lawyers Military Defense Committee and the American Civil Liberties Union. "You made it, Jay, just like I knew you would!" "Captain," the Colonel gryled out gruffly, "get Hatheway in here pronto!" "Lieutenant Hatheway, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you… ." I gulped, then froze in place with my eyes wide open and my heart palpitating loudly. "Do you understand, Lieutenant Hatheway?" I remained silent, oblivious to my surroundings. A slow tremble crept up my legs and jerked my head. "Lieutenant Hatheway, do you understand your rights? came the piercing voice from out of the fog. Words barely came out of my mouth. "Yes, Sir" I stammered quietly, my eyes half shut. "Lieutenant Hatheway, you are charged with a violation of Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in that you did commit sodomy with a PFC Robert Lynde on or about 15:30, July 31, 1975." I felt like I had been shot in the chest. Sodomy? What sodomy? "Gotcha now, didn't we, Hatheway," I could hear them say derisively. "Better get a lawyer, Jay.
~ Jay Hatheway, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, Department of History, Edgewood College, Madison, Wisc.Americans Have Lost Their Country
Wisconsin Public Radio
Guest: Jay Hatheway, associate professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Edgewood College in Madison.
Guilty As Charged
Click here to A new release from GLB Publishers entitled Guilty As Charged (ISBN 1-879194-83-X) focuses on one such person, the author Jay Hatheway and his 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. He 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 felt 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. Jay Hatheway's 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. Professor Hatheway's 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 schooling. That Hatheway was a good soldier of proven ability is obvious: Hatheway's military prowess led to his earning 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. Hatheway's 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. His 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 devastated. 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. As Hatheway relates his formative years and growing sexual proclivities, he reveals a normal background and healthy inquisitiveness. Hatheway'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.