The Army releases some specific details about courts-martial activity that occurs within that service branch each month, and it is always revealing.
One would hope that all conviction and sentencing decisions coming out of court-martial proceedings would be fair ones.
Each of the military branches periodically releases public information regarding military offenses and the resulting disciplinary action taken by authorities in response to them.
The long and winding saga in the strange case of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues to unfold more than a handful-plus of years after his disappearance from a duty station in Afghanistan and subsequent capture by members of the Taliban insurgent group.
In the past month, we have been talking about sexual assault in the military. This is a very important topic, as this terrible crime is unacceptable -- whether it happens within military circles or not. However, no matter whether this crime occurs under military law or civil law, a defendant still has his or her right to a defense. Military sexual assault may come with other complicating factors that may not be present in a civil case.
We took an introductory look at the Uniform Code of Military Justice in our August 26 blog post, noting the congressional enactment of this singular legal system in 1950. The UCMJ applies to all active duty servicemembers.
Following formal investigation, a high-ranking Army officer serving in Japan will be demoted by one grade and retired from military service.
We last touched on the strange story and saga of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in our blog post dated July 1, noting therein that “the case continues to play out in the press.”
We have made the point in prior blog posts that, given today’s political climate in which many prominent persons are strongly focused on the subject of sexual assault in the military, it is imperative that fairness be firmly on display in all military criminal proceedings.
The strange case and singular circumstances surrounding a man referred to as "the only U.S. prisoner of war in the Afghan theater" are marked with notable twists and turns as material developments further unfold in the matter.