But, instead, he chose to read from a prepared statement and then invoke the Code of Conduct hearing equivalent of the 5th Amendment.
When asked if he would go any further, he volunteered his version of verbal and physical agreement and stated the sex he had with his accuser two years ago was consensual.
Major Harding wrote in his letter to Winston when the proceeding was all over: "I do not find the credibility of one story substantially stronger than that of the other."
So, technically, the ploy worked even if it wasn't all that believable.
Andy Alcock sits down with another lawyer to discuss the case
Winston's accuser could appeal or file a lawsuit and that may be the only way Winston would be compelled to answer any kind of question about the matter.
Mark Schlabach views the issues more in depth hyah...
And you yourself can view the Harding decision hyah...