BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge is questioning how she could force the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy to step aside from his role in deciding whether three midshipmen accused of sexual assault should face a court-martial.
U.S. District Judge Ellen Hollander heard arguments on Monday in Baltimore about the case involving three former football players at an off-campus party last year.
Susan Burke, an attorney for the alleged victim, is asking the judge to make Vice Adm. Michael Miller to recuse himself from deciding whether the three will be court-martialed. Burke says Miller is angry at her client for making the case public and is biased against her. Her client also attends the academy.
But Hollander questioned how she could intervene in a separate legal system during its investigative phase.