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Military Criminal Investigations: Law Enforcement’s Role

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The pre-preferral period of a military prosecution is the investigative period, where law enforcement determines whether or not sufficient evidence exists to file criminal charges. Most of the crucial information to be used at trial is usually uncovered during this initial investigation. This post looks at how law enforcement gathers evidence in response to… Read More »

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Military Pretrial Restraint

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You’re a U.S. military service member, you’ve been accused of a crime, and your personnel file has been flagged. You also may have been briefly taken into custody and released. What’s next? The military’s Rules for Courts-Martial (RCM) give commanding officers several options to exercise at their discretion at this point. It’s possible that… Read More »

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The Problem with Three-fourths Panel Verdicts in the Military

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It may come as a surprise to many that criminal convictions in the military justice system only require the agreement of three-fourths of panel members (i.e. jurors). Of course, this is very different than the civilian justice system’s standard, which has always required unanimous jury agreement for a criminal conviction. This stark difference in… Read More »

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Military Commander’s Role When a Sexual Assault Allegation is Made

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I receive a lot of calls from potential clients who do not want to hire an attorney until they are officially charged with a crime. Typically, these clients will call me up, ask me about the court-martial process, tell me that the accuser is lying, that CID, NCIS, or OSI wants to question them,… Read More »

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The Purpose and Impact of Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations in Military Cases

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In many cases alleging sexual assault in the military, the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) plays an important role in establishing guilt or innocence.  This post will discuss the purpose, process, and impact of a SAFE on sex assault cases in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. The purpose of a SAFE… Read More »

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Role of Preliminary Hearing in Military Sexual Assault Cases

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If you are a military service member and accused of sexual assault you most certainly will be facing a general court-martial.  This means that you are entitled to a preliminary hearing called an Article 32 hearing. The law provides: “No charge or specification may be referred to a general court-martial for trial until completion… Read More »

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