Arrests began on April 4, and by April 22, fifteen sailors had been arrested. Each was brought before a military tribunal and heard men whom they recognized as former sexual partners provide graphic testimony of their encounters. Older naval officers were confounded by the terms used by the investigators. Once the operatives had presented their evidence before the court, the accused were encouraged to incriminate others and many did so, in hopes of leniency. Brunelle incriminated some but withheld the names of his closest friends.
The three-week military trial ended with the court-martial of 17 sailors charged with sodomy and "scandalous conduct. Two more were dishonorably discharged and two others were found innocent with no further action. The Providence Journal , under publisher John R. Rathom , covered the trial proceedings daily, often with a critical eye toward the prosecution's case.
On January 8, , Rev. Samuel Neal Kent, an Episcopal clergyman, was found not guilty on all charges. In his charge to the jury in that case, the judge was at pains to discredit the witnesses who described their participation in illicit sexual acts.
He reasoned that since no military or governmental authority could legitimately order them to participate in such acts against their will, either they were willing participants, whose complaints were groundless, or they were acting under the compulsion of unlawful commands, on the part of their superiors. His analysis fueled opposition in Newport's religious community.
Within days, a committee of Newport clergymen drafted a lengthy letter to President Woodrow Wilson denouncing the Navy's activities in Newport, specifically the "deleterious and vicious methods" used, including keeping those charged confined for months without trial.
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Monday's council hearing will focus on a report from VHB, a large engineering and planning firm with offices in Providence. VHB was hired by the city to provide an independent traffic engineering review of a traffic simulation study prepared in the past few years by Beta Group Inc. The project calls for the Court House Street area to be combined with the site of the former Citgo station site bounded by Touro Street to the south, Spring Street to the east and the law building on Hozier Street to the north to form a contiguous area.
Pedestrians walking east on either side of the Florence Murray Judicial Complex would have unimpeded access from Eisenhower Park in the center of Washington Square to the new park. The leadership committee hired BETA Group on the recommendation of the city to come up with a plan that would reroute traffic and allow this plan to be completed. Drivers heading north on Spring Street would be directed to turn left onto Stone Street and then left on Broadway if they want to get to Farewell Street or Washington Square.
Stone Street would become one-way heading west, from Spring Street to Broadway. This concert brought out the best traits of our community, in symphony, song and sentiment. If you wish view the full all article, watch this short video or subscribe now for full access. A concert of, by and for the people. Posted Jul 9, More In Opinion.
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