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Multiple Marines Charged With Unpermitted Sharing Of Nude Photos

A large number of active-duty Marines are currently under investigation for allegedly sharing nude photos of female troops without consent. Such conduct falls under multiple UCMJ provisions, ...
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Free Speech Limitations in the Military

In America, our citizens are afforded a high degree of freedom when it comes to free speech. There are many areas of critical speech that are undoubtedly protected by the First Amendment. Some ...
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Air Force Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Dereliction for Sexual Misconduct

Judge Lt. Col. Tiffany Wagner accepted Air Force Sgt. Joel A. Williams's guilty plea of dereliction for making sexually charged comments and advances towards three female co-workers; in which ...
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U.S. Air Force Sergeant Accused of Channeling Bribes on Behalf of Philippine Senator

Sgt. Jonel Sanchez, a member of the United States Air Force, is currently under investigation for his alleged involvement in funneling drug money for his former boss, Senator Leila de Lima of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ferguson Protests Shed Light on Department of Defense's 1033 Program

Following the controversial death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the town of Ferguson, Missouri has been the site of heated debates and protests. Contention has largely resulted from witnesses' ...
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Hassoun Hearing Temporarily Adjourned

Similar to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s recent legal dilemma (link), Marine Cpl. Wassef Hassoun may, too, face a military trial on charges of desertion. Hassoun, 34, first made headlines in June of 2004 ...
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Prosecutor Responsible for Camp Pendleton Raid Reassigned

Major Ray Slabbekorn, the senior Marine Corps prosecutor who oversaw last month's raid on a Camp Pendleton defense firm, has been court-ordered off of several cases and reassigned to a new ...
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Obama Continues to Face Criticism for Soldier's Release

Ever since President Barack Obama agreed to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five high-level Afghan detainees, he has faced widespread criticism – most notably from Republicans in ...
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Branstad Sets Veteran-Friendly Precedent

Gov. Terry Branstad celebrated Memorial Day by hosting a Camp Dodge ceremony in which he signed Senate File 303, a veteran assistance bill designed to attract veterans to the state of Iowa. “Our ...
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Defense Community Incensed By Camp Pendleton Raid

Lt. Col. Clay Plummer is leading a fight against government investigators who raided defense attorney offices at Camp Pendleton last week in search of a cell phone linked to a case being tried on ...
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Shinseki Under Fire Amid Veterans 'Secret List' Controversy

In recent weeks, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been the target of much criticism, surrounding allegations that the VA is responsible for delays in treatment at some of its hospitals that have ...
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