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Washington, D.C., Criminal Diversion Programs

If you are charged with a crime in the District of Columbia, you have several options as a defendant to possibly have your charges dropped if various requirements are met. The options include diversion programs. The type of diversion available and whether you are eligible depends on the specific charges and whether the case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office–generally misdemeanor and felony cases–or the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), which generally handles traffic cases. The two most common diversion options offered through the Pretrial Services Agency areRead More …

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 commutingRead More …

Military Law 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.