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Marine major loses bid to oust trial judges

Kyodo

The Supreme Court has rejected a request by a U.S. Marine Corps major accused of attempted rape to have the judges in his trial changed, paving the way for court proceedings to resume, it was learned Thursday.

Maj. Michael Brown, 40, had voiced concern that he would not get a fair trial under the current three judges, who accepted as evidence in September a statement the alleged victim made to police last year that she wanted Brown strictly punished.

The Filipino woman reportedly testified in court in May, however, that she had not wanted to press charges against Brown but was pressured by police and prosecutors to do so.