For client Sgt Brown, with the assistance of his military defense lawyer we have secured a dismissal of some charges and a new trial on the remainder. In United States v. Brown, the NMCCA issued an opinion on 30 June 2014, which addressed three of eight errors we raised: multiplicity of charges, validity of a false official statement, and improper use of character evidence which substantially prejudiced the defense. Because of the court’s resolution of these errors they did not address the remaining five.
The court concluded that because of the prosecution and judge failures, “The findings and sentence are set aside. Charge II and its sole specification (false official statement) are dismissed with prejudice. A rehearing on the remaining charges is authorized.”
1. On the multiplicity the court stated that, “we note that the Government concedes on appeal that it is “well established that the simultaneous possession of several weapons constitutes only one offense” for purposes of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9). ”