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Marine Critic of Clinton Is Chided

The Associated Press
Sunday, November 15, 1998; 12:48 a.m. EST

Marine Maj. Shane Sellers, who called President Clinton "an adulterous liar" in a Navy Times column, received "verbal counseling and a nonpunitive letter of caution," according to an official familiar with the case.

A Marine Corps spokeswoman, Maj. Rose-Ann Sgriguoli, confirmed Friday that an administrative action was taken Thursday by Brig. Gen. Frances C. Wilson, the commanding general of the Marine Corps base at Quantico. Sgriguoli declined to confirm the substance.

Sellers works at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the military's equivalent of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Under Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, officers are prohibited from using "contemptuous words" about the president, who is commander in chief of the armed forces, and other civilian leaders.

Sellers's column last month in Navy Times, which is not part of the military, also criticized members of Congress for backing punishment of the president short of impeachment.

Numerous military officers in recent weeks have written columns and letters to the editor that contain harsh criticisms of Clinton's conduct involving former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky.

Military officials have said officers in breech of Article 88 could face a maximum penalty of dismissal, confinement for one year and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. Enlisted personnel face similar punishments.

© Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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