August 24, 2007

Marshall is rapist, liar

Wampanoag leader was convicted of rape, lied about military recordGlenn Marshall—the man asking politicians, investors and Massachusetts residents to trust his tribe to build a casino—was convicted of rape in 1981 and embellished his military record before Congress and in newspaper interviews, records indicate.

Marshall, 57, chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag, raped a 22-year-old visitor to the Cape in the summer of 1980, according to court records and the Cape Cod Times news archive. Marshall offered to drive the Illinois woman to her sister's house from a party in Barnstable and instead drove her to a secluded spot in West Barnstable, where he sexually assaulted her, the Times reported.
And:In 2004, during a congressional oversight hearing on the tribe's request for federal recognition, Marshall testified he survived the siege of Khe Sahn during the Vietnam War. He had also made that claim in a Cape Cod Times interview in 1998 and before a state gaming panel in 2002.

But while Marines were fighting back a 77-day onslaught by the North Vietnamese from January to April of 1968, Marshall was still a senior in high school in Falmouth. School records confirm he graduated from Lawrence High School on June 9, 1968, a school spokeswoman said.
Mashpee Chairman Apologizes, Turns Over DutiesThe chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe apologized today for misrepresenting his military record and turned his duties over to the tribe’s vice chairman.

Tribal Vice Chairman Shawn Hendricks will “assume (Marshall’s) day-to-day responsibilities” so Marshall can “properly deal with the mental and physical issues" Marshall is facing, the statement read.

“Like a lot of veterans from that era, I realize I have my own demons that I need to deal with,” Marshall said.

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