Judicial/Legal Matters
May 7, 2002
The belated response of attorney Susan Barnes to CMR’s Motion for Summary Judgment heaped new falsehoods on top of old ones. None of them provided credible support to the Plaintiff’s original accusations. The filing was composed of several elements, listed and analyzed below: 1. Personal Attacks Capt. Charles Nesby, USN (Ret.) Susan Barnes has presented retired Navy Capt. Charles Nesby, a former commander of Training Wing Two at NAS Kingsville, TX, as her star "expert witness." In 1993, Nesby recommended that one of his students, then-Lt. Carey Dunai, be accepted for F-14 training. Nesby has never spoken to Elaine Donnelly, but has nevertheless attacked her character and motives in a "drive-by declaration" that was mean-spirited, inconsistent with prior testimony, apparently motivated by an admitted egalitarian agenda, and repeated by Barnes seven times in documents filed with the Court. . . Read More

May 7, 2002
Background and Overview Six years after a harassment lawsuit was filed in federal court to silence Elaine Donnelly and the Center for Military Readiness, CMR attorneys have presented to the Court new information that is devastating to what is left of the Plaintiff’s case. Feminist attorney Susan Barnes of Colorado, an activist and close friend of former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder (D-CO), has tried to salvage her fundamentally dishonest case by submitting a set of false or irrelevant affidavits, one of which was not even signed. On April 22, 1996, Barnes filed a bogus lawsuit on behalf of former Navy F-14 pilot Carey D. Lohrenz, which was intended to silence Elaine Donnelly and drain the resources of CMR. The pretext of the lawsuit was to accuse CMR of ending the already-failing career of then-Lt. . . Read More

April 18, 2002
On March 28 CMR attorneys responded to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by feminist attorney Susan Barnes. In litigation filed against CMR in 1996, Barnes accused CMR of ending the already-failing career of former pilot Carey D. Lohrenz by exposing double standards in her F-24 training. In her latest filing, Barnes filed several declarations signed by former F-14 instructors and supervisors, plus one that was unsigned, which lend questionable support her case. In response, CMR cited sworn testimony given by the same officers in the Navy’s 1998 Air Wing Eleven Investigation, which flatly contradict what the "declarants" are claiming now. Watch for details soon on www.cmrlink.org. . . Read More

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
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

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