Naval Academy sexual assault case back in DC court

FILE - This July, 24, 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Midshipman Josh Tate. The head of the U.S. Naval Academy is set to testify Friday as part of a hearing for a student charged in a sexual assault case. Lawyers for the student say political pressure influenced the academy's head, Vice Adm. Michael Miller, to pursue charges against the student, Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval Academy, File)
FILE - This July, 24, 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Midshipman Josh Tate. The head of the U.S. Naval Academy is set to testify Friday as part of a hearing for a student charged in a sexual assault case. Lawyers for the student say political pressure influenced the academy's head, Vice Adm. Michael Miller, to pursue charges against the student, Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval Academy, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for a former U.S. Naval Academy football player accused of sexual assault are back in court to argue that political pressure influenced the decision to prosecute him.

A hearing in the case of Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn., is scheduled for Monday in Washington.

Last month, a military judge heard testimony from the head of the Naval Academy. Vice Adm. Michael Miller said his decision to move forward with the charges against Tate was made after a careful review and in consultation with others in the military justice system.

Tate’s lawyers, however, will ask the judge to dismiss the case based on “unlawful command influence.”

Prosecutors initially accused Tate and two other students of sexually assaulting a female student in 2012. He is now the only one charged.

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