ARMY COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS AFFIRMS BERGDAHL’S SENTENCING FOR DESERTION

The Army Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) recently affirmed the sentencing of Private First Class Bergdahl, who was charged with “desertion with the intent to shirk important service and avoid hazardous duty” and “misbehavior before the enemy” in 2015. The desertion case was unique and reached headlines in that President Trump tweeted to the masses his … Read more

CAAF DECIDES U.S. V. COLEMAN & REAFFIRMS DEFINITION OF MULTIPLICITY

The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) recently submitted a unanimous decision to conclude the case of U.S. v. Coleman. The decision itself weighs not just on that particular case, but also on many other military criminal justice cases since it directly addressed the question of multiplicity. The CAAF held that Coleman’s case had … Read more

CAAF DECIDES ARGUMENT OVER CONFLICTING ARTICLE 134 & MCM CHARGE DESCRIPTIONS

A 3-2 divided Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) recently decided the case of U.S. v. Gleason, finding that an accused cannot be charged with a novel specification under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) if the same criminal violation can already be described in the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM), … Read more