Category: Sentencing

All About Going AWOL

AWOL stands for absent without leave, and is a crime that is attributed to soldiers who disappear from service without notifying the authorities or giving a reason for their abandonment. These soldiers are often considered runaways and can be punished for failing to fulfill their duties as they promised to when they were sworn into […]

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The Strength of Good Soldier Defense

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 […]

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New Manual for Courts-Martial 2012 edition

Recently, a new edition of the Manual for Courts Martial has been released. The new edition incorporates all the changes made by Congress to the Manual in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Many of the changes come in response to the new caselaw addressing various parts of the Manual. […]

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Good Soldier Defense is Your Defense

A Good Soldier Defense is a well recognized defense under the Rules of Court Martial, the Military Rules of Evidence and military case law.United States v. Wilson, 28 M.J. 48 (C.M.A. 1989). This defense allows the accused Servicemember to show honorable service, many military accomplishments, and that the charged misconduct is incompatible with the overall excellent military […]

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