Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Retired Submarine CMDR convicted of lying, stealing from 9/11 victim's fund

Sad, no matter what we take away from it, but the three (3) news reports linked below demonstrate well why one source is often insufficient.

From Boston Globe online [bold emphasis added]:

Coughlin is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard Business School who spent most of his 21-year naval career in the submarine service. He had a top-secret security clearance and commanded nuclear submarines. He was working at the Pentagon when a plane hijacked by terrorists crashed into the building about 75 feet from his office. He said he went back inside the burning building to help rescue others, and he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart for his actions and injuries that day.

From Politico [bold emphasis added]:

Coughlin was only convicted after three trials. In two previous trials, jurors had either found him not guilty or had been unable to come to a decision. Jurors had said after their trials that Coughlin was the kind of person who could exercise through pain, and seemed credible during testimony when he claimed he was telling the truth.

From ABC News [bold emphasis added]:

The events of September 11th may have aggravated this pre-existing condition, the government said in a news release, but medical evidence showed his symptoms lessened when he underwent treatment. The government says Coughlin faked being in constant pain and unable to work around the house, when in fact he continued to play sports and ran the New York City Marathon in November 2001. Three-fourths of the receipts he showed the fund were fake.

Submarines are always silent and strange.