Could the Former Captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt Face Charges?

The Navy’s top admiral, Mike Gilday, will soon decide the fate of Navy Captain Brett Crozier, the former commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Then-acting Navy Secretary, Thomas Modly, fired Crozier on April 2 after Crozier emailed more than 20 people outside his chain of command explaining the dire situation regarding his …

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Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts Are Still Allowed in Courts-Martial Cases

Americans place a strong emphasis on their constitutional rights and the importance of a fair legal system. In 48 states and federal court, the vote from a single juror to acquit a defendant is enough to prevent a conviction. But in Louisiana and Oregon, people have been punished on a 10-to-2 or 11-to-1 verdict since …

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Understanding and Defending Against Allegations of Article 120, Sexual Assault

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is the military’s code of law. It covers everything from minor infractions to serious felonies. Article 120 relates specifically to sexual misconduct, including sexual contact, assault, and rape. Sex crimes always receive harsh punishments, but the sentence could be even more severe if you are enlisted in the …

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MILITARY JUDGE’S RELATIONSHIP GROUNDS FOR COURT-MARTIAL REVERSAL

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) recently ruled that a military judge’s failure to disqualify himself from a case was grounds to reverse the verdict and authorize a rehearing. It stated that the judge’s inappropriate relationship with the prosecutor’s wife undermined “public confidence in the judiciary and military justice system.” STAFF SERGEANT APPEALS …

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NMCCA REVERSES DECISION REGARDING COURT-MARTIAL JURISDICTION OF FLEET RESERVISTS

In a not so surprising turn, the en banc Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (NMCCA) reversed a previous decision that stated that Articles 2(a)(4) and 2(a)(6) violate the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment. The current ruling finds that the jurisdictional schemes of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) apply differently to Fleet Reservists …

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PANEL RELEASES REPORT ADDRESSING ISSUES IN JAG COMMUNITY

PANEL RELEASES REPORT ADDRESSING ISSUES IN NAVY AND MARINE CORPS JAG COMMUNITIES In August of 2019, Richard Spencer, who at the time was the Secretary of the Navy, ordered a review of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps) and the Marine Corps Judge Advocate (JA) to uncover organizational and procedural issues contributing to …

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ARMY CCA SAYS UNDERAGE DRINKING NOT DEFINED AS PUNITIVE

The Army Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) recently announced that the Army regulation that prohibits underage drinking – AR 600-85, 3-2c – is not punitive. In other words, the regulation may prohibit underaged service members from drinking alcohol, but it does not raise any punitive charges if the regulation is violated. Army CCA judges found …

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