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   Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, Japan                              IT PACIFIC STARS AHD STRIPS TUESDAY, MAY 20,1997* Woman foces'cpurt-martial on adultery charges, and ,officials say such discharges are rare.TL A • + j T> *c quest mat will include lettersThe Associated Press ^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ w^MINOT, N.D. — Lawyers for know her as well as/her perfor-the nation's first female B-52 mance reviews,pilot scrambled Sunday to craftpa case to persuade the AirForce to grant her a rare honor-able discharge so she can avoid"It's just all me things thatsay, 'This is the \ight thing todo,'" Spinner said.The last-minute \man$uvercourt-martial on adultery came as preparations! projceed-charges. ed for Tuesday's cou%martialFrank Spinner, attorney for at Mnot Air Force Base in a1st Lt. Kelly.Flinn, said he isassembling a package^to pre- case that has attracted nationalattention and stirred debatesent Monday to the Air Force over military rules. The presid-supporting the resignation re- ing judge, Col. Dennis Kansala,has detiied two defense re-quests to delay the trial."The judge has already sent apretty clear message that hewants to press on unless there'sa real good reason not to," saidbase spokesman Capt. MarkPhillips.Flinn, 26 and single, decidedSaturday that she will ask to re-,sign with an honorable dis-charge rather than be court-martialedjMi charges includingadultery anoMvjng in connec-tion with two affairs the AirForce says she had over the lastyear.Recent history indicates thather chances for success are charge," Spinner said,slim. Air Force officials say tl^t-^~Meanwhile, Donald and Maryhonorable discharges ^re^very ^ Flinn left their home in Ros-rare in lieu of court-martials. well, Ga., on Sunday for MinotBut Spinner ^said he's opti- t0 be with their daughter,mistic Flinn's record and the, Finn's brother will join themcircumstances will bolster her Monday,request as it is routed^through <
                            

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