LTC Lakin update

Should you want to follow the case – from a defense perspective – here are the three most common websites to follow.

WorldNetDaily.  This piece about commentary from MG Paul Vallely, USA, appears to be the latest piece:  “Retired Army general: LtCol Lakin has a ‘valid point.’

The filing of charges may, however, be part of the still-unrevealed strategy Lakin and his legal counselors are pursuing.

Asked whether Lakin will have a "right of discovery" during a court-martial – meaning Lakin’s legal team could compel the administration to produce proof of eligibility during the course of the government’s prosecution – Vallely replied, "Absolutely. Sure, he has a right to discovery. There’s no doubt about that. Producing a birth certificate that has all the details on it, it seems to me, is very important."

Vallely added, "You can call witnesses. I would call the state government of Hawaii. I would require [proof of] which hospital he was born in. I’d want verification from the doctor or the nurse or whomever witnessed it that, in fact, it did happen in Hawaii. That has not been done to date. These are questions that have not been answered, and that’s what concerns many people."

Biography courtesy of Wikipedia.  Along with an interesting history – none as a lawyer –

In 2008, it was revealed that he had been one of a dozen "military analysts" recruited by the Pentagon to spread favorable views of the Iraq warthroughout the news media.

American Patriot Foundation.  Their latest post seems to be the one with the charge sheet as a link.

Talking Points Memo Muckraker.  For example, today it is reported that an Article 32, UCMJ, investigation has been appointed.  The 32 is a necessary step toward a general court-martial prosecution.  In addition to Article 32, UCMJ, itself, Rule for Courts-Martial 405 lays out the procedure, rules of practice, and rules of evidence applicable to the Article 32, UCMJ, investigation.

Once the investigation is complete, the investigating officer will make a recommendation on the charges and disposition.  This is a recommendation only.

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