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Voir Dire and Panel Selection

By Capovilla & Williams |

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”

By Capovilla & Williams |

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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Who’s Who at the Court Martial

By Capovilla & Williams |

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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