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.
A common canon of jurisprudence under both American civilian and military law is the confidentiality attached to information exchanged between a criminal suspect and his or her attorney when the latter has been retained in the capacity of legal advocate.
Some military members are arguing that certain alleged criminal activity they are being charged with is not supported by evidence and that charges should be either reconsidered or dismissed.
Officials from the United States Coast Guard recently released so-called “discipline statistics” related to courts-martial verdicts and other forms of administered punishment handed out to members of that military service branch during the second half of last year.
Two military-related stories running in parallel fashion that are distinct yet intertwined are keeping criminal justice in the Armed Forces front-page news across much of the nation.
“Sex crimes cases are notoriously complicated.”
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.