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Capovilla & Williams Receives Award from Fort Bragg MWR

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Capovilla & Williams was recently honored at the 2022 Fort Bragg Family & MWR Awards Ceremony.  It was a great night to celebrate all the companies and organizations that support one of the top military bases in the world and all the great done in Fayetteville, NC to protect our nation. It was also… Read More »

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Opening Statements: The Story Begins

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Popular culture reveres the closing argument. Movies like My Cousin Vinny or A Time to Kill emphasize the importance of the closing statement. Who can forget “now imagine she’s white”? The entire courtroom stops; the judge is touched by emotion, and the jury is in tears. This isn’t how it works in real life…. Read More »

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Robert Capovilla Receives Legal Award from ALM’s Daily Report

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Robert Capovilla was recently honored by ALM’s Daily Report in the 2022 edition of the Georgia Legal Awards.  Rob was named to the On The Rise category which recognizes Georgia’s most influential lawyers under the age of 40. The Daily Report editorial team was assisted in this year’s selection process by a panel of… Read More »

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Voir Dire and Panel Selection

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After your arraignment and motions hearings, and after the court has decided what kind of evidence it will and won’t allow, your trial officially begins with the selection of your panel. As we noted earlier the panel—the military’s term for jury—consists of eight servicemembers of your own rank or higher selected from a pool… Read More »

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The “He Has Done It Before Rule”

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Generally speaking, the rules for a court martial do not allow prosecutors to introduce as evidence other crimes committed by the defendant in the past. Military Rule of Evidence 413 is an exception. Rule 413 says that accusations of prior sexual misconduct can be admitted at a sexual assault court martial as evidence of… Read More »

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Guest Dave Schlueter Joins Military Justice Today Podcast

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We are very pleased to announce that attorney and professor Dave Schlueter recently joined the Military Justice Podcast to discuss some of the hottest topics in military law.  In the episode, Dave weighs-in on changes to the National Defense Authorization Act as well as unanimous verdicts in the military courts.  The guys also give… Read More »

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Mickey Williams Named Rising Star

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Mickey Williams was recently named to the list of Rising Stars by Georgia Super Lawyers, a division of Thomas Reuters.  The honor is reserved for less than 3% of the attorneys in the state under the age of 40 and is based on a patented selection process that considers peer voting and independent research… Read More »

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The Rape Shield Law

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Servicemembers charged with sexual assault need to know about Military Rule of Evidence 412, known as the Rape Shield Law. Rule 412 is designed to protect the privacy and dignity of victims of sexual assault by ruling evidence about the accuser’s sex life that isn’t strictly relevant to the charged offense inadmissible. Your accuser… Read More »

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Two Hearings: Arraignment and Motions

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The court martial is under way. First up: Two pre-trial hearings and the beginning of the discovery phase, where each side shares its evidence with the other and builds its case. We’ll talk about discovery in the next post. In this one, we want to discuss the two pre-trial hearings. The Arraignment Hearing The… Read More »

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Who’s Who at the Court Martial

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Military courts-martial are similar to civilian trials, but there are some notable differences. The most important have to do with the key officials assigned to the court by the convening authority. The Military Judge The military judge presides over your case during the trial, and is also the final authority in all matters having… Read More »

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