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Proof lies on him who asserts, not on him who denies. The concept is that one is innocent until proven guilty. Regardless of what the law says about reasonable doubt, there is an unwritten presumption within the ranks of the military that if you are charged with sexual assault, then you are guilty. The stakes are your life! Your military counsel works for the same military that charged you. Consider that as you choose who represents you in your potentially life altering case.

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Fort Hood, 13 Soldiers Arrested After 16-Hour Prostitution Sting

The McLennan County Sheriff’s Department and the Bell County Sheriff’s Department Special Crimes Unit have recently reported the arrests of 20 male individuals, including 13 active-duty ...
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Army Moves to Court-Martial a Retired General Officer

Over the weekend, an Article 32 preliminary hearing was held to consider allegations of rape of a child by retired Army Major General James J. Grazioplene. The retired general is accused of committing ...
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Drill Sergeants at Fort Benning Suspending for Suspected Sexual Assault

A female trainee at Fort Benning in western Georgia has accused a drill sergeant of sexual assault. In response, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command and the Maneuver Center of Excellence ...
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Gross Governmental Misconduct Ultimately Harmless in U.S. v. Claxton

In the case of U.S. v. Claxton, Air Force Cadet Stephan H. Claxton was convicted of wrongful sexual contact of one alleged victim, attempted abusive sexual contact and assault consummated by a battery ...
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Air Force CCA Decision May Forbid Use of Old Prescription Medication

The Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) has recently overruled a decision in United States v. Lancaster that removed punishment from using prescription drugs for any purpose other than the ...
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4th Amendment Violation causes Reversal of US v. Darnell

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) has reversed the ruling of the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) that originally upheld a conviction in United States v. Darnall. The ...
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NMCCA Holds Constitution Can't Require Production of Privileged Records BUT, there are Other Remedies!

A three-judge panel of the Navy-Marine Corp CCA (NMCCA) just granted an alleged victim’s petition for a writ of mandamus in J.M. v. Payton-O’Brien and Ravenscraft. The petition reversed ...
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Army CCA Confuses Issue of Patient Confidentiality Further

By: Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law In a confusing move, a three-judge panel of the Army CCA granted a petition for a writ of mandamus for an alleged victim under Article 6B, which reversed a ...
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Dishonesty Led to Mistrial in United States v. Commisso

By: Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law In the Army case of United States v. Commisso, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) found the military judge abused his discretion when ...
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CAAF Reverses US v. Brantley, Calling for Review in Light of US v. Sager

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) has summarily reversed the United State Army Court of Criminal Appeals (ACCA) decision regarding United States v. Brantley. The reversal was based upon ...
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U.S. v. Reese Charges Reversed by CAAF After Major Change Goes Unaddressed

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) has dismissed two charges in United States v. Reese, a military law case originating from the Coast Guard. The first charge was dismissed on the ...
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Conflicts of Interests in U.S. v. Hale Cause Conviction Reversal

The Navy-Marine Corps Criminal Court of Appeals (NMCCA) has reversed multiple serious crime convictions, including rape and kidnapping, following a thorough review of United States v. Hale. The ...
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Unlawful Command Influence Means a New Trial in U.S. v. Boyce

On Monday, May 22, 2017, a divided court finally came to the conclusion that the conduct of senior Air Force officials created an appearance of unlawful command influence (UCI) in the case of United ...
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Reversal of U.S. v. Hendrix Conviction

In the Army case of United States v. Hendrix, the court initially decided to convict Specialist (E-4) Austin L. Hendrix of one specification of sexual abuse of a child. However, The U.S. Court of ...
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New ACCA Decision - MRE 513 (LK v. Acosta & RPI SFC Sanchez)

The United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals (ACCA) has recently reviewed Military Rule of Evidence (MRE) 513 and how it relates to petitions for extraordinary relief in the nature of a writ of ...
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A Third FACA Committee Created Oversee Military Justice Regarding Sex Crimes

The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) has added a third committee to its number of federal advisory groups, the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual ...
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MRE 414 in Child Molestation Cases & How It Impacted U.S. v. Fetrow

In the average criminal defense case, one can expect that the defendant will be tried based only on evidence pertinent to the crime immediately in question. That is to say, for example, someone being ...
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Retired Service Members are Still Service Members, Says NMCCA

The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (NMCCA) has reaffirmed through a recent ruling that a military service member never truly retires from the Armed Forces. Through its comments on United ...
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Marine Corps Social Media Policy Paints Cyberbullying as Illegal

Cyberbullying has recently been elevated from a frowned-upon behavior to a crime in the eyes of the United States Marine Corps. The military branch has updated its social media policy to consider ...
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Survey Says Sexual Assault & Misconduct Up at Navy, Army Academies

An anonymous survey reviewed by The Associated Press has uncovered that sexual assault and sexual misconduct reports increased at both the Navy and Army Academies in 2016, compared to a similar report ...
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Prohibited Online Misconduct Among Army Members Can Be Penalized

The United States Army has recently released a policy update to encourage the professionalization of online conduct and the telling of “the Army Story.” The update applies only to the Army ...
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New Trial Granted to Air Force Member After Favorable Evidence Appears

In Cook v. United States, a panel of three judges representing the Air Force Criminal Court of Appeals (CCA) has chosen to permit a new trial based on the discovery of new evidence that could change ...
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Marine Corps Controversy Ignites After Nude Pics of Female Marines are Leaked

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has found itself in the center of a scandal after it was recently revealed that male Marines had been sharing nude and private photographs, videos, and other ...
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Acquittal Doesn't Rule Out All Facts, Affirms U.S. v. Rosario

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) ruled to reaffirm the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) decision of United States v. Rosario. The case ended in a conviction and ...
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Lack of Probable Cause Reverses Guilty Plea in U.S. v. Nieto

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) decided the appeal motion for United States v. Nieto recently. The case regarded a military investigator’s search authority and whether or not it ...
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