Articles Tagged with good soldier defense

Your client is charged with burglary, theft, and false official statement.  You call a good Sailor witness.  The witness testifies.  Imagine the questions I asked in MJ Summer Camp I, or just as easily that there has been no prior impeachment cross-examination.

Trial counsel:  LTC Witness, does a good Sailor commit burglary?  No.

Trial counsel:  LTC Witness, does a good Sailor commit theft?  No.

As CAAFLog has pointed out, it appears that Major Hasan will be tried by media.

Someone at the National Capital Consortium, Psychiatry Residency Program, Walter Reed Army Medical Center has released a letter to the Credentials Committee.  No word on the WRAMC AR 15-6 into this unauthorized disclosure.

One of the common “defenses” raised at trial is that the accused is a "Good Soldier.”  Assuming evidence of this, usually through character witnesses and documents, the military judge is required to instruct the members that a “Good Soldier” defense can if believed and warranted be sufficient to create reasonable doubt at court-martial.

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