NYTimes: Defendants Fresh From War Find Service Counts in Court.
Air Force Times: Troubled Air Force Colonel becomes a troubled Air Force First Lieutenant.
Lawyers blogging about their pending cases is about as bad as jurors texting during a trial, and about as dangerous as jurors texting while driving to trial. Usually, the Court, the Client, or the State Bar (or a combination thereof) takes offense. Well, it appears that MAJ Hasan’s lawyer is doing just that.
Finally, there is hope that the Obama Administration will get it right. In overruling the Attorney General’s short-sighted and misguided decision to send Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) to a civilian court in New York City, this White House will have acknowledged at least two things that those of us with military and federal government experience have long known. First, the US Armed Forces has a proven history of fairly and effectively conducting military commissions. Second, the federal courts are not the optimal venue for trying alien enemy combatants who are captured while committing acts of war against our country. Continue reading “Military Justice In The News”
One of America’s foremost veterans service organizations, AMVETS (American Veterans), launched its new effort to help report individuals claiming military honors and awards they never earned, a problem that the organization fears is on the rise.
The veterans group bills the site as “a first-of-its-kind clearinghouse of information where concerned citizens can learn how to report phony veterans and see the latest headlines on those exposed for their lies.” Under legislation passed in 2006, individuals fraudulently wearing or claiming military medals can face federal misdemeanor charges, punishable by up to a year in prison and a $150,000 fine.
The web site features links to report possible frauds to FBI officials, as well as a link to the Hall of Valor project assembled by noted military medals expert Doug Sterner so individuals can verify some claims on their own.
And the site offers tips on how to report frauds to local news outlets as well. Recently press reports have helped note a number of military phonies (including this, this and this).
In a statement AMVETS National Commander Duane Miskulin said the problem of military frauds is “one that cuts to the core of what it means to be a veteran and robs rightfully deserving vets of their hard-earned dignity and the honor of a grateful nation.”
AP: Abu Ghraib Soldier Faces Appeals Hearing.
US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces: This tragic case (involving a gondola in Italy plummeting to the ground) made headlines around the world back in 1998, when 20 civilian passengers were killed. Later, a Marine pled guilty to two specifications of conduct unbecoming an officer, and the appellate court has now ruled on the appeal.
The Oklahoman: Here is one military officer’s perspective on the need for military commissions.