Under pressure to clean up its reputation for sexual harassment and abuse, the United States military is aggressively prosecuting sexual assault cases. One Air Force member accused is fighter pilot Lt. Col. James Wilkerson. With no physical evidence and conflicting testimony, the Air Force ignored facts and used questionable tactics in a relentless pursuit of the high-profile case. In THE WHOLE TRUTH, retired Col. Bob Harvey puts the case itself on trial, using court-martial records to examine the story point by point. With shocking clarity, he reveals the flaws in the case and the machinations of military officials whose code of honor and integrity are endangered by political influence.
The story of THE WHOLE TRUTH will interest true crime readers, political junkies, the U.S. military and, in particular, defense attorneys.BUY THE BOOK
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When Beth Wilkerson reluctantly offered a place to sleep to a female stranger, left behind by her friends, she could never have imagined the chain of events that would lead to the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of her husband, Lieutenant Colonel James Wilkerson.
I am a retired Air Force Colonel and fighter pilot with more than 33 years of service. What I witnessed at this trial and discovered in my extensive research afterward is one of the worst cases of injustice I have ever read about. It truly sickened me that members of my Air Force would willfully break rules and violate ethical standards, and I vowed to do what I could to right this wrong. In a case with zero evidence and contradicting accounts by the accuser, the Air Force sent their senior prosecutor who, joined by investigators who ignored evidence of innocence and a commander who violated rules against unlawful command influence, threatened and intimidated witnesses and handpicked a jury of officers predisposed to dislike fighter pilots.
THE WHOLE TRUTH exposes corruption in the military justice system and unlawful influence by the highest levels of our government. Political correctness is driving the military to imprison innocent men. THE WHOLE TRUTH explores in-depth the case against fighter pilot Lt. Col. James Wilkerson from the first witness statements, through the cover-up and eventual acquittal. But the acquittal was not the end. Politicians using the case for personal gain continued to persecute Lt. Col. Wilkerson despite his full acquittal.
I’ve been called by attorneys from Texas to Washington, D.C., asking how we were able to gain Lt. Col. Wilkerson’s acquittal. The reversal by the Convening Authority (general officer) was so unusual as to trigger a political storm. THE WHOLE TRUTH proves Lt. Col. Wilkerson’s innocence and exposes a one-sided, Salem-witch-trial mentality inside the U.S. military.
Robert "Bob" Harvey is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with more than 33 years of service. He has flown more than 3100 hours in the F-16, including combat in DESERT STORM. His combat decorations include five Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor and the Bronze Star. He commanded a Fighter Squadron and is a National Defense Fellow and a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School. During his career, Col. Harvey witnessed four military sexual assault cases as commander and court-martial panel member. He lives in Cocoa, Florida, with his wife, Connie.
FROM AMAZON REVIEWS:
"The conviction of an innocent man on specious, and in some cases, totally bogus, evidence and misconduct by senior officers to advance their own agendas and careers is a disheartening indictment of the current state of Military Justice."
"Great book! Was amazed and shocked that this could happen. Every military person active and retired should (must) read this book."
"Good research and factual content! Interesting and informative reading!"