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Boston Globe reports:  An Army sergeant accused of killing his roommate, a Falmouth man, while the two served in Iraq will face a hearing next month that will determine whether the case should go before a court martial, according to the victim’s family.

Navy Times has a piece on one of the CO’s fired in 2010.  The Navy provided only a rough sketch of the conduct and climate when it announced Wilhelm’s relief last year. But the NCIS investigation Rear Adm. Dave Thomas relied upon to mete out discipline, although heavily redacted, is almost a clinic on the wrong way for commanding officers to comport themselves, especially male COs leading female officers.

A female officer said that in early 2010, when the ship was deployed to Haiti, she made a comment in the wardroom that she was hungry. Wilhelm, she said, asked her if she was pregnant. She replied, “No sir, I’m not.” She said he replied, “Good, because if you were, I’d hand you a coat hanger.”

PNJ.com reports:  Three Air Force noncommissioned officers are facing court-martial in the death of an Eglin Air Force Base airman killed during an ordnance disposal explosion in Iraq last year.

ABA Journal reports that:  Saying that the jury was hopelessly deadlocked in its sixth day of deliberations, a federal judge today declared a mistrial in the case of New Jersey attorney Paul Bergrin, the Star-Ledger reports.  He has been in custody since 2009, awaiting trial not only in this case but in an unusual federal racketeering case in which he is accused of operating his law firm as a criminal enterprise, along with a high-class prostitution business and acting as a supplier of cocaine to a drug ring.

Army Times reports:  Private Ritchie, an Alaska-based soldier who checked himself into a Florida hospital for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder has been arrested for being AWOL from duty in Afghanistan.

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