Defense in attempted-rape trial starts case on Monday
OKINAWA — The defense in the attempted-rape trial of Marine Maj. Michael Brown starts its presentation at 10 a.m. Monday in Naha District Court. And, in something rare for a trial in a Japanese court, the case is scheduled for full-day hearings through Thursday and March 8 and 9. The defense is to wrap up its case March 26.
For the past year, the case has been held in spurts of one or two four-hour sessions per month.
Brown was indicted Dec. 19, 2002, on charges he attempted to rape a barmaid from the Camp Courtney Officers Club who gave him a ride after the club closed Nov. 2, 2002. Brown, 41, a 20-year Marine veteran, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted rape and destruction of private property. He was released on bail in May and now is restricted to Camp Courtney.
The alleged victim in the case, Victoria Nakamine, 41, testified in May that Brown did not attempt to rape her. She said police, prosecutors and her employer, an Okinawan agency that provides temporary workers for U.S. Marine bases, coerced her into filing the charges. She added she didn’t want to see Brown punished and had accepted his apology the night of the incident.