Blog Posts in 2015

Senators Demand Transparency in the Military Justice System, Call on Carter to Lift the 'Cloak of Secrecy'

Last month, the Associated Press published a detailed investigation that highlighted flaws in the military justice system's current record databank, or lack thereof. In response, 3 U.S. senators ...
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Army Issues Recommendation for Petraeus Punishment

What happens when a CIA director discloses top-secret materials to his biographer with whom he's also having an affair? According to the Army, not much. When military legend David H. Patraeus ...
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Fires Senior Aide

Until last week, Lt. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis served as senior military assistant to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, wielding influence and control over military policy and administration. Until last ...
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Sexual Assault Case Draws Widespread Criticism of Military Justice System

A military sexual assault case that began in 2012 has finally come to an end, but not without first stirring a wave of controversy and debate. Last week, Senior Airman Brandon T. Wright was found not ...
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Marine to be court martialed for involvement in toddler's death

Last week, the U.S. Marine Corps decided to bring Lance Cpl. Jared T. Cardwell to trial for his alleged involvement in the death of 20-month-old Celine Marie Matus. Charges against Cardwell were ...
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Soldier's denied appeal may pave way for death sentence

Last month, convicted killer and death row inmate, Ronald Gray, had yet another appeal denied by judicial authorities. Gray, a former serviceman, was convicted in 1988 for a series of rapes and ...
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Presiding Officer in Bergdahl case recommends no jail time

According to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's defense team, Lt. Col. Mark Visger, who presided over Bergdahl's preliminary hearing, recommended that he not face any jail time for charges of desertion and ...
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Frankel fights for military victims of sexual assault

Last week, a panel of civilians and military personnel, both lawyer and non-lawyer, met behind closed doors at the Capitol to hear testimony from Elisha Morrow and Congresswoman Lois Frankel, D-Fla. ...
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Recently expanded "rape shield" law tested in Air Force cadet sexual assault case

On Tuesday, contentions over pretrial evidentiary issues delayed the court martial of an Air Force cadet charged with sexually assaulting a female classmate. The cadet charged in the court martial is ...
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Additional charges filed in Bergdahl case

A recent development in the political charged case against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl saw military prosecutors charge Bergdahl with the rarely used charge of misbehavior before the enemy, in addition to ...
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Sailor accused of attempted murder had electroshock therapy prior to 2014 attack

Last week at a hearing in Norfolk, Virginia, the lawyer representing Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell – a man who stands accused of attempted murder – presented evidence that his ...
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Airman on trial for soliciting a minor on Craiglist

Trial began this week at Sheppard Air Force base in the court martial of Airman 1st Class Matthew Thomas. The panel of officers to hear the case has officially been narrowed from twelve down to only ...
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Larry Shelby Pleads Guilty To Desertion Charges

Larry Shelby, a Coast Guard servicemember and West Virginia native, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court last week to desertion charges stemming from a November 2013 plot to fake his own death. ...
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Hasan K. Akbar's Loses Death Sentence Appeal

In a three to two decision the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the nations highest military court, upheld the conviction and death sentence of Hasan K. Akbar for the March 2003 killing of ...
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Trump refusing to back down over McCain 'not a hero' statements

Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate investor, reality television personality and now polarizing 2016 GOP presidential candidate, has frequently found himself in hot water over comments he has ...
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Texas soldier appeals death sentence, evidence he suffers from 'PTSD'

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or "PTSD," is a condition that plagues our servicemen and women at an alarming rate. PTSD is a condition caused by severe mental and emotional stress brought ...
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U.S. Soldiers Face Consequences for Desertion

Desertion is one of the most serious crimes of which a service member in the United States Armed Forces may be convicted. During a time of war, any Soldier convicted of desertion faces the possibility ...
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Another Sailor Convicted for Videos of Female Officers

A fifth Sailor has been convicted for his involvement in the submarine shower video case that has rocked the US Navy in recent months. Missile Technician 2nd Class Ryan Secrest was found guilty of ...
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Missing Tech. Sgt. Returned To Face Trial

On June 5, three days before his court martial was scheduled to begin, Tech. Sgt. David Helm went missing. Helm, 35, was set to face sexual assault charges against two people, including a minor, ...
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Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins Finds Reduced Sentence At Retrial

Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins, the Marine convicted of unpremeditated murder in 2007, was retried last week and sentenced to a bad-conduct discharge with no additional prison time. Hutchins' 2007 ...
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Army Pfc. George D.B. MacDonald Could Regain His Freedom With a New Plea Deal

In April 2008, Army Pfc. George D.B. MacDonald was prescribed the smoking cessation drug Chantix. A month later, on May 18, 2008, MacDonald killed private Rick Bulmer in a Fort Benning, Ga. barracks. ...
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Three Sailors in the U.S. Navy Court Martialed For Sexual Misconduct

In the most recent scandal to rock our nations' military, three sailors in the U.S. Navy have been court martialed for sexual misconduct. The charges stem from allegations that the accused ...
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Proposed Legislation Would Create Military Sex Offender Registry

Last Friday, May 15, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation directing the Department of Defense to create a national online registry for convicted sex-offenders within the military ...
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Proposed Bill To Provide Greater Protections To Military Whistleblowers

Senators Barbara Boxer (D–CA), Ron Wyden (D–OR), and Ed Markey (D–MA) have introduced a new piece of legislation, the Legal Justice For Servicemembers Act ("LJSA"), to ...
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