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January 15, 2002
The following is a brief summary of key points discussed during depositions with Plaintiff Carey Lohrenz that followed many procedural delays. For more background information, see additional summaries posted elsewhere on this website, www.cmrlink.org. · In a disingenuous attempt to avoid portraying herself as a public figure, as defined under libel law, Plaintiff Carey Lohrenz claimed ignorance of the huge, ongoing national debate about women in combat and gender-based double standards in training. Attorneys entered dozens of articles into the record that featured Lohrenz and/or the ongoing debate. Publications ranged from her hometown newspaper to the New York Times. Lohrenz nevertheless claimed that there was no public controversy until Elaine Donnelly created it by publishing the 1995 CMR Special Report: Double Standards in Naval Aviation. . . Read More

January 15, 2002
The deposition witnesses quoted below provided testimony under oath that supported key elements of CMR's legal defense. All retired officers indicated that they were speaking for themselves and not for the Navy. Contrary to testimony given by Plaintiff Carey Lohrenz in December of 1999, all agreed that for many years there was extensive public debate in Congress, the Navy, and the media regarding the issues of women in combat and possible double standards in training. This was especially so in the aftermath of the 1991 Tailhook scandal and the 1994 death of Lt. Kara Hultgreen. They also agreed that Elaine Donnelly was sincerely concerned about the issue of safety and high standards in naval aviation. ADM. STANLEY ARTHUR, USN (RET) - APRIL 28, 2000 Adm. Stanley Arthur, former Vice Chief of Naval Operations, made several statements under cross-examination by CMR attorney Kent Masterson Brown regarding the intense controversy surrounding women aviators. Due to restrictive regulations interpreted by a Navy JAG, (which CMR has challenged in court) Adm. Arthur was not permitted to testify about the Navy's "decision making process" regarding the two women. Among other things, Adm. Arthur confirmed that: • His own promotion to become Commander in Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) was withdrawn in the face of political criticism, because he had supported male aviation instructors who washed out then-Lt. Rebecca Hansen from advanced helicopter training. . . Read More

January 15, 2002
BACKGROUND The Center for Military Readiness is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization that specializes in military personnel issues. On April 22, 1996, a lawsuit was filed in the Washington D.C. U.S. District Court against CMR President Elaine Donnelly, the Center for Military Readiness, and the Washington Times. The plaintiff is Lt. Carey Dunai Lohrenz, who was trained to fly the F-14 in the same class as the late Lt. Kara Hultgreen. On October 25, 1994, Lt. Hultgreen died attempting to land on the carrier Abraham Lincoln. With the help of Susan Barnes, a Denver-based feminist attorney and close associate of former Rep. Patricia Schroeder, Plaintiff Lohrenz is accusing Elaine Donnelly of libel/defamation, and is blaming CMR for her inability to succeed in carrier aviation: The case was filed in Washington D.C. and assigned to U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth. At issue is the 1995 CMR Special Report: Double Standards in Naval Aviation, which included actual training records released as a last resort by one of then-Lt. Lohrenz' instructors, Lt. Patrick J. Burns. . . Read More

January 15, 2002
BACKGROUND: On April 22, 1996, a lawsuit was filed in the Washington D.C. U.S. District Court against the Center for Military Readiness--an independent, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization that specializes in military personnel issues--and CMR President Elaine Donnelly. The plaintiff is Lt. Carey Dunai Lohrenz, who was trained to fly the F-14 in the same class as the late Lt. Kara Hultgreen. On October 25, 1994, Lt. Hultgreen died while attempting to land on the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. With the help of Susan Barnes, a feminist activist and Denver-based attorney associated with former-Rep. Patricia Schroeder, Lohrenz accused Elaine Donnelly of libel and defamation, and blamed CMR for her inability to succeed in carrier aviation. At issue is the 1995 CMR Special Report: Double Standards in Naval Aviation, which included actual training records released as a last resort by Lt. Patrick J. Burns, one of Lohrenz' instructors. . . Read More

January 15, 2002
There have been many delays in the case of Lohrenz v. Donnelly and CMR, filed in April of 1996. First the Plaintiff, former F-14 pilot Carey Dunai Lohrenz, tried unsuccessfully to get the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to impose a "gag order" on Elaine Donnelly during the litigation. In 1999, the Office of the Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) began to interfere in the deposition process, even though the Navy is not a party to the litigation. Among other things, the Navy JAG asserted the right to deny or delay access to certain naval officers and personnel, whether active duty or retired. They also claimed the right to choose expert witnesses for CMR, to impose limitations on the officers’ testimony that were backed by threats of punishment, and to monitor all conversations between CMR attorneys and potential witnesses. . . Read More