Soldier Punished in Beating of Jewish Trainee

An Army trainee at Fort Benning will face nonjudicial punishment rather than criminal charges for beating a Jewish soldier so badly he was treated by a hospital, the military said Friday.

The move keeps many details of the attack secret.

Fort Benning commanders decided not to seek a court-martial in the attack on Pvt. Michael Handman and will resolve it as a personnel matter rather than a crime.

Fort Benning spokeswoman Monica Manganaro says the Army will not release the name of the soldier responsible for the attack, the punishment he received or the results of a military police investigation. She says nonjudicial punishments are protected under
the federal Privacy Act.

The 20-year-old Handman, of Atlantam says he was beaten by a fellow trainee Sept. 24 in a laundry room next to their barracks.

He was treated at the Army hospital at Fort Benning for a
concussion and bruising to the left side of his face.

Four days before the attack, Handman was interviewed by commanders of his basic training unit about complaints he'd made in
letters to his parents that he had been harassed by two drill
sergeants because he's Jewish.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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