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On December 6, 2023, the Secretary of the Army, Ms. Christine Wormuth, fired Brigadier General (BG) Warren Wells, the Army’s chief prosecutor and head of the Office of the Special Trial Counsel (OSTC), for an email he had sent ten years prior while in a defense counsel role. This firing demonstrates that no military defense counsel can be certain that doing their job and defending you will not come back to haunt them down the road. It will always be in the back of their minds.

In 2013, Warren Wells was a Lieutenant Colonel and a Regional Defense Counsel supervising the Senior Defender Counsel at several Army bases and their subordinate military defense counsel. He sent an email to his Senior Defense Counsel on various defense matters that included a paragraph commenting on the pressure put on the Army by Congress and the media to send sexual assault cases to trial and then stated that they, as defense counsel were the last line of defense for the innocent. Ten years later, when Ms. Wormuth read the email, she found this sentiment so outrageous that she fired BG Wells within hours!

Today, every military defense counsel knows (especially in the Army) that something they do or say in your defense can be held against them in the years to come when they are up for promotion or in a different position as a JAG. The military branches try to have independent defense counsel while they are in defense counsel positions, but as the BG Wells story illustrates: nothing protects them when they are no longer in a defense counsel position. Your military defense counsel will hopefully do their best to represent you anyway, but he or she is not conflict-free, no matter how hard they try.

Here’s an interesting piece in the Veterans Today.

REPORT prepared for the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Military Law Committee Correction of Military Records and Judicial Review, has proven to be a shocker, and, should OUTRAGE every veteran !  Why you ask, well hold the phone.

I would suggest this “report” is not news.  The writer and presenter is described as follows:

The August Army Lawyer is online.  My initial look found this one article of potential interest to MJWonks.

Warrior King:  The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq, by LTC Nathan Sassaman.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Sassaman believes in winning.3 He won as West Point’s quarterback, and he preached the virtue of rising after a fall as an Army officer.  In Warrior King, Sassaman attempts to win back his public image after involvement in a notorious incident of detainee abuse early in the Iraq War.

A Fort Benning soldier has been sentenced to life in a military prison for the slaying of an Army trainee who was repeatedly stabbed with a knife in his barracks last year.


A hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday for Capt. Herbert “Mark” Hamilton III, who was charged Nov. 3 with multiple offenses, including indecent acts, sodomy, fraud and conduct unbecoming an officer.

I have mentioned several times that I always look for MySpace, Facebook, and other social network accounts held by witnesses at a court-martial trial I have.  In a number of instances I have found information, photographs, or leads to other information that has been useful for cross-examination at the court-martial.  Google and other social network sites can be a useful investigative tool for military lawyers.  See CNN Justice: Facebook status update provides alibi; The Local, His Facebook Status Now?  ‘Charges Dropped;” Professor Colin Miller has more on his Blog.

Here is a case from New York City in which the accused’s Facebook activity proved his alibi.  This case also, again, points out the fallacy of identifications.  The accused was a suspect in a robbery and was picked out of a line-up.

Rodney Branford claimed alibi.  He claimed and had his family testify that he was elsewhere on his father’s computer updating his Facebook account at the time of the robbery.  The prosecutors didn’t think that was sufficient proof of alibi and were still going toward trial.  Heck who believes and accused and his family.  At least the prosecutor was willing to work with the defense and subpoened records from Facebook.  The records showed that indeed he was updating his Facebook account from his father’s computer (IP address).

Here’s the question, I think., as with many other media outlets are reporting:

Nidal Malik Hasan’s overly zealous religious views and strange behavior worried the doctors overseeing his medical training, but they saw no evidence that he was violent or a threat.

Yes, of course John Galligan is getting that question.  We get it all the time.  How could you represent so-and-so at court-martial?  Here is MichaelTomasky’sBlog.

Banner CNN day: Wolf Blitzer apparently really distinguished himself yesterday by asking Nidal Hasan’s military lawyer, retired Colonel John Galligan, how on earth he could do such a thing[?]

Many in the legal community are critical of President Obama, who as the Commander-in-Chief may have “screwed up” the prosecution of Major Hasan for his acts at Fort Hood.

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