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MSNBC is reporting that the Army does intend a court-martial for LTC Lakin.

How interesting, and perhaps appropriate, American Thinker reports:

Army doctor Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin yesterday met with his brigade commander, Col. Gordon R. Roberts, who proceeded to read LTC Lakin his Miranda rights2_bing, and who informed LTC Lakin he had the "right to remain silent" because LTC Lakin is about to be charged with serious crimes. Col. Roberts was at age 19 awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the only recipient of the nation’s highest honor currently on active duty in the Army.

Both Hutchinson and her civilian attorney, Rai Sue Sussman, are happy with the results. In a press release from Sussman’s office, Hutchinson said that she is "excited to know what will happen to me, and that I am not facing jail.

“Alexis is pleased because she now will have closure and knows what is going to happen to her," Sussman told Truthout. "She is no longer waiting to possibly go to trial and jail, all the while trying to figure out what to do with her child. She feels she was treated unfairly overall, but is relieved with this outcome."

Jeff Paterson, the director of the soldier advocacy group Courage to Resist, which has assisted Hutchinson, felt that the administrative discharge was a victory all around.

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A Robins Air Force Base master sergeant was dishonorably discharged and sentenced to 50 years in prison after he was found guilty of engaging in sexual contact with several minors, according to The Robins Rev-Up, the Robins Air Force Base installation newspaper.

In 1988 the Court of Military Appeals decided Griffith.  I have used the case from time to time, not often successfully.  But here is a recent example of what I call 917-on-steroids.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was the judge who first raised the Griffith possibility.

R.C.M. 917 allows the defense to make a motion (or the MJ sua sponte) for a finding of not guilty at the close of the prosecution case or at the close of the evidence.  I have just completed one of the infamous Army TCS/Reserve TDY cases.  The E-8 accused was charged with conspiracy with two others to steal using fraudulent rent receipts, false official statement, theft of funds in excess of $500.00, and two specifications of fraud under Article 132, UCMJ.  The standard or amount of evidence is so low that it is hard to obtain an R.C.M. 917 dismissal.

At the close of the prosecution case they had not introduced evidence of a delta between the amount alleged to have been stolen and that to what the accused would have been entitled, and had not introduced evidence that the travel claim vouchers were actually signed and submitted by the accused.  Rather than grant a 917 motion, the judge allowed the prosecution time to rethink their case and potentially request they be allowed to reopen.  After the interlude the judge kicked the can and referenced Griffith, again giving the prosecution more opportunity to reopen.  The military judge is permitted to take such a course of action.  See e.g. United States v. Ray, 26 M.J.  468 (C.M.A. 1988).

The Army has filed court-martial charges against Alexis Hutchinson, an Army cook who refused to deploy to Afghanistan because she couldn’t find anyone to look after her 1-year-old son.

Newser reports.

The court-martial charges are AWOL and missing movement, offenses under the UCMJ.

Some news stories:

"US: SOLDIERS FORCED TO GO AWOL FOR PTSD CARE." Inter Press Service English News Wire. 2009. HighBeam Research. (December 23, 2009). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-174196126.html

With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Army Times reports that Major Hasan has had or is about to have a pretrial confinement hearing at Fort Hood.  A hearing is required within certain time periods under R.C.M. 305.  R.C.M. 305 is a regulation in the manual for courts-martial that implements due process for someone detained for a crime.  The military does not have bail.  The person is either detained or released into restriction to base or personal recognizance during the time of the court-martial.  It is unlikely that Major Hasan will be released onto Fort Hood.  The issue appears to be whether he is physically fit for confinement as certified by a medical doctor.

Army Times and AP report that an AWOL soldier wins stay of Canadian deportation.

Canada’s Federal Court says the country’s refugee board must reconsider the case of a lesbian who deserted the U.S. Army.

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