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Ex-U.S. Army Commander Faces Bigamy Charges

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The former commander of a U.S. Army brigade that served in both Iraq and Afghanistan is on trial for bigamy.

Colonel James Johnson faces six charges tied to his alleged affair with an Iraqi woman he met while serving in Iraq in 2005-06.

Johnson used official vehicles to visit the woman after she emigrated to the Netherlands and allowed her to run up more than $80,000 in charges on an Army cellphone.

The couple eventually married while Johnson was still married to his first wife.

Johnson, who last year was removed from his command of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, pleaded guilty to most of the charges during the first day of his military trial on June 10 in Germany.

He faces multiple years in prison and a dishonorable discharge if convicted.

Based on reporting by AP and armytimes.com
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by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
June 11, 2012 20:01
Though perhaps a bit expensive, at least the US military was able to win over at least one heart/mind after 8+ years of fighting in Iraq. Compared to the current mess in Afghanistan, this looks like quite an accomplishment.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
June 11, 2012 23:05
Splendid comment,Ray,but how did you find out the girl had a heart or a mind-all we learned was she had a purse.Besides she could be a LGTB or worse-an american woman-by the Guess Who.But wait till mr.Romney becomes president-he will make him at least chief of staff and the whole army will be his harem!!!Long Live the good old Utah mormorons!!!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 12, 2012 06:01
This is an interesting piece of news: these guys went to Afghanistan to supposedly spread their the "values" of the Western civilization, and instead they end up adopting such values of the Eastern one as poligamy. Let's just call this guy a champion of intercultural dialogue :-))).

by: Mike B. from: California
June 12, 2012 06:47
After serving for 25 years and retiring as a Sergeant Major what was then 6th Army Headquarters at Presidio of San Francisco (1991), I can't believe or honestly understand how a Colonel, with so many years in the Army, can be swayed by a foreigner in a combat zone to do what he had done. What really bothers me is his XO and CSM who, by virtue of their assigned duties, should have known that the Colonel was involved at the level that this article states. In all reality, an investigation needs to be launched by the IG and/or the GCM jurisdiction to find out what this Colonel's staff knew and then take appropriate action if warranted.

by: Anarchist from: usa
June 13, 2012 04:11
Bigamy? How does this law even still exist? Lots of people have poly relationships. Does this law only apply to marriage?

and furthermore, while I'm bitching here
"Marriage" is a religious custom. Why does the secular US government see itself as needing to intrude upon this? Maybe more people would be getting married, and longer, if there weren't weird legalities about it.

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