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Judge Rules That Convening Authority Will Be Allowed To Stay In Bergdahl Court-Martial

After a ruling by Army Col. Judge Jeffery Nance, Gen. Robert Abrams will be allowed to remain as the convening authority in the court martial of alleged Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Earlier in ...
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Trial begins Monday for Air Force Academy cadet charged with sexual abuse

Last Wednesday, the Air Force Academy announced Court-martial proceedings for Cadet 2 nd Class Zachery Chubb are scheduled to begin Monday, February 29. Chubb was charged with with sexual assault last ...
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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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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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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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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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Miller Denies Succumbing to Political Pressure in Sexual Assault Cases

In 2012, controversial allegations surfaced implicating three U.S. Naval Academy students. Specifically, the complaint alleged that three midshipmen – Josh Tate, Eric Graham and Tra'ves Bush ...
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Hasan Receives Death Sentence for Mass Murder at Fort Hood

Nidal Malik Hasan was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Wednesday for committing what is commonly known as the deadliest act of terrorism since 9/11 – a shooting spree that left 13 dead ...
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Defense Begs Judge Not to Rob Manning of His Youth

After being found guilty for disclosing over 700,000 classified U.S. files to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning has asked, via defense attorney David Coombs, that Judge Colonel Denise Lind not "rob him ...
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Hasan Predicts Uphill Battle, Declines to Question Potential Jurors

It is known as the worst shooting on a military base in US history: 13 soldiers killed, 32 wounded. When? 2009. Where? Fort Hood, Texas. Who? Major Nidal Malik Hasan. Why? It's complicated. ...
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Court Martial Process is Targeting Sexual Predators in the Military

Recently there has been uproar amongst the lawmakers and legal branches of government in regards to the growing problem of sexual assault in the armed forces. The government has recently issued ...
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Court Martial Begins for One of Thirty-Two Lackland Air Force Basic Training Officers Accused of Sexual Misconduct

When American airmen and women go through basic military training (BMT) they go to the 331st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Lackland has routinely been recognized ...
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Appealing a Court Martial: Get Experienced Representation

When an individual is tried in a criminal court, whether in state or federal court, they have a right to appeal the court's decision should they feel some form of injustice has occurred, or they ...
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General Petraeus Military Scandal Puts General Allen In Hot Water

Will General Petraeus be court martialed? Will General Allen be court martialed? Will Paula Broadwell face trial? The answer to each of these questions is likely, "no," with the only ...
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SCOTUS Doesn't Find Double Jeopardy During Mistrial

Although Blueford v. Arkansas is a civilian trial, it provides interesting precedent in all lower courts (including military courts martial). Here, the issue before SCOTUS was whether the ...
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I'm Being Court Martialed. Now What?

Are you facing court martial in the U.S. Armed Forces? If so, you need to take immediate steps to improve your chances of a positive result at trial. 1) Understand the government is going to do ...
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