FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1999-03-16

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Mark S. Zaid, Esq.
(202) 785-3801

PRIMARY WITNESS OPTIMISTIC THAT JUSTICE WILL BE ATTAINED AGAINST MAJOR GENERAL DAVID R.E. HALE IN COURT-MARTIAL

Retired Two-Star General To Face Court-Martial Today On Eight Counts

WASHINGTON, D.C. --

The U.S. Department of Army announced late last night that Major General David R.E. Hale (ret) has waived his right to a preliminary Article 32 hearing and will proceed to a general court-martial on seven counts of "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman" and one count of making false official statements. The court-martial is set to occur later today at Ft. Lewis, near Tacoma, Washington.

"I am very optimistic that justice will prevail in this case, and I await the final outcome of the military proceedings," said Mrs. Donnamaria Carpino Madden, the woman responsible for filing the initial charges against Major General Hale.

Major General Hale was charged with 17 violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice on December 9, 1998, following nearly a one year long investigation prompted by allegations of misconduct filed by Mrs. Madden. This case marks the first time in nearly 50 years that an Army general faced court-martial charges. Despite facing allegations of criminal conduct, Major General Hale was permitted to retire in February 1998; a move so criticized that Secretary of Defense William Cohen implemented new retirement guidelines in October 1998. Also in October 1998, Major General Hale was sanctioned $2,500 for harassment by a Texas State Court after filing a defamation action against Mrs. Madden that alleged her accusations were false.

Although the criminal charges against Major General Hale may be nearing resolution, the stigma of his actions will continue to haunt the Army and Air Force due to a pending civil action filed by Mrs. Madden in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit charges that Army and Air Force officials intentionally released privileged medical and other defamatory information in an attempt to discredit Mrs. Madden's allegations against Major General Hale. In the initial stage of the criminal investigation, senior military officials repeatedly intimated Major General Hale's accusation that Mrs. Madden was a "stalker" to reporters; a characterization the government has now openly admitted was false in court papers filed this month.

"Various military officials, including those of senior rank, blatantly and intentionally violated Mrs. Madden's privacy in order to defend one of their own. While the pending criminal proceedings against Major General Hale certainly represents the government's attempt to correct its initial mistakes, its refusal to accept institutional accountability for its actions does nothing to lessen the pain and frustrations Mrs. Madden has experienced for more than a year," said Mark S. Zaid, Mrs. Madden's attorney and Executive Director of The James Madison Project (JMP). The civil action will publicly expose the misconduct of senior military officials in their attempt to avoid and cover-up yet another sex-charged scandal, added Zaid.

JMP is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization with the primary purpose of educating the public on issues relating to intelligence gathering and operations, secrecy policies, national security and government wrongdoing.