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Controversial Military Justice Updates

President Obama’s final days in office brought a couple of controversial surprises to the Military Justice Community.  First, he commuted the sentence of Army Private Chelsea Manning. NYT coverage of the decision is here. PVT Manning, an Army intelligence analyst, was convicted of leaking vast troves of classified military intelligence to Wikileaks in 2010.   The narrow effect is that PVT Manning served about seven years out of her 35-year sentence.  But the political issues interwoven through the case–including leaks, gender identify in the military, and the President’s role in commuting sentences–make this a much broader debate. Cully Stimson, a former Navy JAG, argues here that the President’s commutation creates aRead More …

Military Case Study

Mr. Moore and I will be giving a presentation sponsored by the Military Law Society of the George Washington School of Law on the death-penalty appeal of Kenneth G. Parker. The presentation and round-table discussion is scheduled for 2 pm on January 26, 2017 at the George Washington School of Law. As you may know, Mr. Moore and I litigated this appeal from opposite sides of the aisle. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you and hope you can attend.

Court Martial Acquittal and Other Office News

Just like many of you, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving with our families. The Law Office will be closed Wednesday to Friday (the 23rd through the 25th), and we’ll be back to normal business hours on Monday the 28th. Last week was a busy and exciting week for us. Kirk was down in Camp Lejeune, NC to defend a Marine Corporal against a variety of charges including sexual assault, assault, drunk and disorderly, false official statement, and orders violation. The Government dropped all but three charges after motions and the case went to trial on the charges for sexual assault, assault, and drunk and disorderly. After an exhausting two-day trial, the juryRead More …