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Trial delayed for Army general facing sex charges

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MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The trial of a US Army general facing charges he sexually assaulted a female subordinate has been delayed indefinitely.

A court-martial for Brig. Gen. Jeffery A. Sinclair had been scheduled to begin Tuesday. Officials at Fort Bragg announced Thursday that the process of selecting a jury will begin next week, but that opening statements, testimony and the other elements are on hold.

The judge overseeing the case has not yet set a new date for the trial to begin.

Prosecutors had sought the delay because of concerns that selecting an impartial jury could be a lengthy process. Under the military justice system, the guilt or innocence of a defendant is judged by those of higher rank. In Sinclair's case, that means generals with two stars and above.

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