What does Gittins have up his sleeve? Evidence, he says, that several top Army officers faced similar sexual-misconduct allegations but were let off the hook. "If we go to trial, this is war," Gittins said during a break in yesterday's proceedings.
Will the scare tactic work? TIME's Mark Thompson thinks not. "The fact that they've done it publicly compels the Army to go forward with the court-martial," he says. "If it doesn't, it will look like it's hiding something." Far from helping his client, then, Gittins might have plunged him into deeper trouble.