Humor in uniform lawyering

This report from questions why expert payments within the 3ID claimancy take so long.

The military judge also questioned why experts for the defense continue to have difficulties obtaining payments for work done on Bozicevich’s behalf as attorneys prepare for a February 2011 capital court-martial trial.

The humor is that this is neither a new problem nor a problem limited to the 3ID, or the Army for that matter.

And in a current case the defense expert requests took weeks to get approved.  But on the 7th of the month the prosecution request for an expert was submitted and it was approved on the 8th of the month.  This is no different than witnesses.  For some reason it takes weeks to get defense witnesses approved, but days if not hours for prosecution witnesses.

The joke is on Article 46, UCMJ.

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