U.S. v. E-6, United States Marine Corps
September 5, 2018
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida
Staff Sergeant is accused of adultery, inappropriate relationship with a trainee, fraternization, and failure to obey a lawful order. The Government accused him of having sex with a trainee, drinking alcohol with lower enlisted Marines and communicating with other Marines involved in a Command Investigation. Staff Sergeant’s command initiates an administrative separation proceedings against him and he retains Mr. Mickey Williams to represent him. Mr. Williams immediately spots significant weaknesses in the Command Investigation. It is clear that the client’s command singles him out and ignores the involvement of other high-ranking Maines, including a Field Grade Officer who is never punished for allegedly engaging in the same misconduct. Williams also uncovers how the command deliberately leaves out vital pieces of evidence from the investigation that both contradict their theory and exonerates Williams’s client. During a subsequent administrative separation board, Williams presents evidence to the board that catches the Government completely by surprise. Additionally, Williams aggressively cross-examines the Investigating Officer and points out the investigator’s unsupported claims and poor investigative efforts. Under cross-examination, the Investigator further admits that he did not recommend that the client should be separated.
RETAINED, Allegations UNSUBSTANTIATED, NO loss of G.I. Bill, NO loss of medical retirement, and NO loss of VA benefits.