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Army Times reports:  A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier convicted in the deaths of three Afghan civilians last year is backing away from an earlier statement that one of his superiors explicitly approved the first killing.

WAVY.com reports:  Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous engaged in clandestine hazing in the berthing areas of the ship between summer 2007 and winter 2009, according to a two-year investigation by the Coast Guard.

North County Times reports:  A Camp Pendleton Marine convicted of leading the kidnapping and slaying of an Iraqi man in 2006 has been recommended for parole by officials at Miramar[.]   [B]rig officials at Miramar voted unanimously in favor of granting parole to Sgt. Larry Hutchins III, who has been behind bars for much of the last five years.  Hutchins’ case now goes to the Naval Clemency and Parole Board in Washington, which is scheduled to consider his case on July 13.

On SCOTUSBlog there’s an interesting piece about ongoing litigation in Louisiana about Brady issues.  A question:  if the article is correct, does this not demonstrate that hortatory language is ineffective in getting prosecutors to follow the rules, or is it necessary to actually reverse a few cases.

NewsOK reports:  Air Force officials are discharging 30 airmen at Tinker Air Force Base for possession or use of “Spice,” a synthetic version of marijuana, military officials said Monday.

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