A thought as we get closer to trial. As the Greeley Gazette article and the current postings at such places as PostandEmail, safeguardourconstitution, and wing nut daily, demonstrate there is a great deal of criticism about Judge Lind. Some of that criticism has been harsh and excessive. Other than a statement from LTC Lakin’s lawyer that the judge was right, there has been no public disavowel from LTC Lakin. I don’t know he required to do so, except in an effort to get clemency. But . . . .
Will the new defense counsel voir dire the military judge and challenge her or ask her to recuse herself? If this is to be a members trial, then I think she can clearly say the right words in response to a voir dire and not recuse herself and not to have been found in error on appeal. But, what if LTC Lakin elects a judge alone trial? Maybe that’s different (unless it is part of a PTA)? Implied bias can be a reason to challenge a military judge just as much as members. Remember the Marine case from some years ago, where the SJA got heavily involved in trying to remove the MJ because of her alleged relationship with the defense counsel.