The closely-watched sexual assault case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair is coming to a close. As we've discussed, last week the presiding judge summarily dismissed the jury in favor of plea negotiations, and the case moved forward quickly this week to sentencing.
Alleged inconsistencies in the outcomes of criminal cases at American military bases in Japan have led to requests from a United States senator for detailed information on cases at several American installations.
According to military officials, approximately 114,000 former members of the Armed Forces have a special stigma attached to their service records, namely, a discharge that denotes separation from the military due to sexual orientation.
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.