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Finance Fraud and G-RAP

The New York Times recently published an article on the efforts to prosecute Soldiers for finance fraud under the now-defunct incentive program called the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program (G-RAP). The story highlights just how far off track the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID) and its Task Force Raptor have gone off course. It has been…

201706.25
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Military Trial Lawyer Track

A bill has been introduced by a pair of senators aimed at creating a military trial lawyer track.  The goal would be to bolster the expertise in military justice by allowing judge advocates to specialize in litigation positions. Normally, a judge advocate spends 18 to 24 months in a litigation position, and then is moved…

201704.10
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Cell Phone Decryption

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) recently heard oral argument in a case that has the potential to affect every Soldier.  In United States v. Mitchell military criminal investigators compelled SGT Mitchel to unlock and decrypt his personal iPhone by entering his passcode.  The investigators then used the information from the phone to…

201703.28
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Article 120 Court-Martial Cases

The Army prosecutes military sexual crimes under Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Each month, the Army releases information on court-martial cases.  The following are the Article 120 court-martial cases for the month of February that resulted in a conviction on at least one offense: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Court-Martial: On 02 February 2017,…

201703.27
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Court-Martial Acquittals for February

The Army released the following acquittal information for the month of February: Fort Benning Court-Martial: On 01 February 2017, at a general court-martial, a Staff Sergeant was acquitted by a military panel composed of officer and enlisted members of three specifications of rape of a child and three specifications of sexual abuse of a child…

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Court-Martial Results for Two Soldiers in 25th ID

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate for the 25th Infantry Division posted the results in two separate court-martial cases dealing with Article 120: –  At a general court-martial convened at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on January 31, a specialist with the 25th Infantry Division was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of one specification of rape…

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Bergdahl’s Military Criminal Defense Team

According the Fox News, the military criminal defense team for Bowe Bergdahl is making another attempt at dismissing the charges against their client: Attorneys for accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl took their third shot Thursday at getting his case tossed, once again arguing that President Trump blew their client’s chance of a fair trial when…

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Sexual Assault Reports Rise in Army Academy

According to the Associated Press, sexual assault reports have increased over last year at West Point: Reports of sexual assaults increased at two of the three military academies last year and an anonymous survey suggests sexual misconduct rose across the board at the schools, the Associated Press has learned. The new data underscore the challenge in…

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Military Photo Scandal and the Army

The Army is looking into whether there are any Soldiers who have posted nude photos of female service members.  The scandal, which first was limited to the Marine Corps, now appears to possible involve other services.  CNN reported that one site contained nude and partially nude photos of women in uniforms from different branches of services. The Army…

201703.09
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Court-Martial Acquittals for December

The Army released the following acquittal information for the month of December: Kaiserslautern Court-Martial:  On 7 December 2016, at a general court-martial, a Sergeant was acquitted by a military panel composed of officer and enlisted members of one specification of attempted sexual assault and one specification of abusive sexual contact in violation of Articles 80…