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Reviewing the Report of the Fort Hood Independent Review Board Findings

Under the direction of the Secretary of the Army, the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee (FHIRC) recently conducted a comprehensive assessment of the “Fort Hood command climate and culture and its impact, if any, on the safety, welfare, and readiness of our soldiers and units.” The committee’s report focuses largely on the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response …

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Understanding the MINOR Act

If a juvenile commits sexual assault against another minor on a military installation, who has the jurisdiction to prosecute? The federal government has exclusive legislative jurisdiction on many military installations because these are considered federal properties. As a result, local prosecutors lack the legal authority to apply state juvenile delinquency laws to minors living on …

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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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NAVY-MARINE CCA REVERSES SEXUAL ASSAULT CONVICTION DUE TO “FACTUAL INSUFFICIENCY”

In United States v. Gilpin, the sexual assault conviction is reversed by the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). According to the CCA’s review, the conviction was based primarily on testimonies from the alleged victim, which were deemed “factually insufficient.” The victim claimed they had been unconscious due to heavy intoxication while the accused sexually assaulted them, …

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Mass Arrest Of Marines In Battalion Formation Ruled As Unlawful Command Influence

In July, 16 Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton were arrested while about 800 other military service members joined in a battalion formation. The commanding officer of the battalion asked the Marines to come forward and held a red folder, which is usually used in ceremonies to award service members. Instead of awarding them, though, the …

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