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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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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 Brings 3 Significant Provisions

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA FY20) was recently unveiled by Congress, passed, and signed by President Trump. The NDAA outlines how Congress intends to “raise and support” the military for the next fiscal year, setting budget guidelines and expectations. The NDAA also introduces new military justice provisions for further legislative …

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Court-Martial Jurisdiction Does Apply to Retirees, Says Air Force CCA

The Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals (AFCCA) has affirmed that it is sometimes possible and necessary to bring a retired service member before court-martial for judgement and penalties relating to pending criminal accusations. To some, the decision contradicts the purpose and intent of court-martial, which is meant to exclude civilians from its jurisdiction. However, with the …

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JOSEPH L. JORDAN, JD, RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN MILITARY LAW

LAWTON, OK, July 25, 2019, Joseph L. Jordan, JD, has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection …

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NAVY-MARINE CORPS CCA QUESTIONS VALIDITY OF CONVICTION IN WILSON CHILD SEX CRIME CASE

The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) recently deemed Colonel Wilson’s child sex abuse conviction to be factually insufficient, with a focus on inconsistent testimonies from the six-year-old child who alleged the abuse. Not only did the CCA question the validity of the conviction, but it did so with multi-thousand-word opinion piece rarely seen before in …

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GALLAGHER ACQUITTED OF MOST WAR CRIME CHARGES AFTER PROSECUTORIAL TAMPERING

Navy Officer Gallagher avoided nearly all charges in his war crimes case, which was complicated by prosecutorial tampering. Although the prosecution’s unusual attempts to spy on the defense was not directly cited in the ruling, it still carries implications for future similar cases. GALLAGHER CONCLUDES WITH ONLY ONE CONVICTION Edward Gallagher of the U.S. Navy …

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PRESIDENT TRUMP TO USE U.S. MILITARY & FEDERAL ACT TO OUST ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AT BORDER

It is no secret that the situation at any border center in America right now is tense. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are accused daily of mishandling the influx of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers. On the other hand, many politicians are feeling the pressure for not doing …

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