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January 2014 Archives

Civilian's appointment to Air Force appeals court: Repercussions?

A matter that has been described as “a slap heard all around the world of military law” has called into question the appointment of a civilian judge to a military courts-martial appeals tribunal. Commentators say that the appointment could also affect dozens of cases in which that judge participated and ruled.

Bill seeks to amend state's military law in sexual assault cases

Military law seeks justice for both alleged victims of crimes and those accused of committing them. The foundations of such law are centuries old, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) established by Congress that has been operative for many decades renders the application of justice consistent across all military branches.

A Threatening Turn for The Rights of Accused at General Courts-Martial

As the new year dawns, it is more than appropriate to review Congress' latest tinkering with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The latest changes to the UCMJ will create a new landscape for those facing the most serious offenses. The Article 32 hearing, long analogized to a grand jury, but with attendant rights given to an accused, will be dramatically different especially for crimes related to sexual assault.

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