The commander of the Massachusetts National Guard says that rape allegations against him are part of a years-long “smear campaign’’ by a powerful group of senior officers who have fought his efforts to make them work a five-day week and to change a state law that makes it impossible to fire them without a court-martial. “I didn’t commit any rape,’’ said Adjutant General Joseph C. Carter, placed on leave last month amid charges that he raped a subordinate in 1984.
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