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US v. E-5

March 5, 2020

Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Sergeant (SGT) is accused of wrongfully using marijuana when SGT’s urinalysis comes back positive for THC. SGT denies the allegation. SGT’s command initiates Nonjudicial Punishment against SGT which would reduce the SGT in rank, reduce SGT’s pay, and ruin SGT’s chances of future service. SGT retains Mickey Williams.  Mickey Williams and his team interview members of SGT’s chain of command and learns that there was a significant issue with the testing procedures which caused the mislabeling of at least one service-member’s sample. SGT obtains a hair follicle test that is more accurate than the standard urine tests the military uses. The hair follicle test comes back negative for THC.  Mr. Williams also collects numerous character letters from SGT’s unit who describe SGT as one of the best Non-commissioned officers in the unit. Mr. Williams is also able to gather a written opinion from an expert witness who states that the hair follicle test is a more accurate test and that it would be nearly impossible that both tests were right. Mr. Williams drafts a brief and provides all the evidence for the Command to consider before the Nonjudicial Punishment hearing.

Case Result

SGT NOT GUILTY, NO LOSS OF RANK, NO LOSS OF PAY, NO PUNISHMENT.

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