Recently, many commentators have been surprised that the former commander of 173rd Airborne Brigade has been allowed to retire after accepting responsibility
for multiple charges involving bigamy, conduct unbecoming, and fraud,
among others. In fact, some point out that the result proves that officers
get "off easy "while enlisted do not.
In fact, this results points to the excellent lawyering skills of his defense
attorney(s) and the defense known as Good Soldier Defense. This defense
is recognized under MRE 404.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kuhfahl, his defense attorney, was able to show
the panel members not only the bad but also the good about this former
commander who was a rising star within the Army. Good Soldier Defense
rests on showing the panel members and the judge the entire service record,
military training, deployments, awards, medical injuries, and also explaining
what caused the misconduct. At the same time, Good Soldier Defense involves
limiting the damage the prosecution seeks to make by controlling its aggravating evidence.
His defense attorney was able to do it, and this surprised many commentators.
Not every attorney has the time and knowledge to utilize Good Soldier
Defense to its fullest extent. While Good Soldier Defense is no secret
weapon against the prosecution, and one must still be a Good Soldier or
Servicemember, proper application of Good Soldier Defense brings positive results.
If you are being charged or investigated, contact The Federal Practice Group (email@example.com 202-862-4348 ) to explore potential defenses, including Good Soldier
Defense. The information above does not constitute legal advice and it
intended for general public information only.