Closing arguments expected in Naval Academy case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Thursday in the court-marital of a former U.S. Naval Academy football player accused of sexually assaulting a classmate.

It will be the third day of the court-martial for midshipman Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn.

Tate faces charges of aggravated sexual assault and lying to investigators in a trial that turns on whether the woman was too drunk to consent to sex during a 2012 party. A number of midshipmen who attended the party at an off-campus house in Annapolis, Md., where the Naval Academy is, testified during the trial.

Tate's court-martial, the military equivalent of a trial, is being closely watched case as the military tries to improve the way it handles sexual assault cases.

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