The various branches of the military regularly release material information regarding courts-martial activity, with a Navy log of relevant data being disseminated to the public just last week.
At first blush, the Navy’s release of pertinent information sketched in bulleted format doesn’t seem to really offer much in the way of anything particularly thoughtful. The summary description of various offenses and associated outcomes under military law doesn’t go into any great detail.
It doesn’t have to, though, for a reader to glean several salient points regarding the Navy’s courts-martial announcements for May.
Here’s one immediate takeaway: Military tribunals are busy, with servicemembers from duty stations around the world facing criminal charges.
And here’s another point: The criminal counts faced by defendants in courts-martial proceedings are numerous and diverse. The bottom line is that military members are in need of strong legal defense counsel to aggressively promote their rights and interests across a wide spectrum of accusations and criminal counts. Those range from sexual assault, larceny, making false statements and stalking to writing bad checks, distributing unlawful drugs, bank fraud and wrongful appropriation.
An additional point that emerges as eminently notable from the Navy’s May report relates to many of the case outcomes. Notwithstanding a current media atmosphere of perceived military laxity concerning the commission of crimes and attendant punishment for them, it is quickly apparent from the recent courts-martial data that verdicts are going both ways and that, when meted out, punishment is often severe.
In many instances involving nonviolent offenses, for instance, servicemembers are receiving bad conduct discharges.
Such an outcome can serve as a life-long stigma and entail harshly adverse consequences. A proven military defense attorney with extensive experience representing clients in courts-martial proceedings can help ensure that a servicemember facing criminal charges benefits from strong advocacy that is fully focused on an optimal result.
Source: Navy Times, "Navy releases results of May courts-martial," Staff Report, June 13, 2014