In MilJus related news coverage, the story of the former Naval Academy quarterback acquitted at a 2006 court-martial, but convicted on conduct offenses and receiving no punishment, will be featured on tonight’s 11 pm news on Baltimore’s WJZ TV news. Here is a link to the preview of the story (page 2 of the video previews). According to the preview, the case is still winding its way through the post-trial review and administrative process. In light of the “no punishment” finding the case is likely in the shrouded in mystery Art. 69 review process.
A review of the JAGs’ annual reports for FY 1997 to FY 2005 (all that are available on CAAF’s website) shows that the Navy-Marine Corps has a disproportionately high number of Art. 69 review cases (Navy 175; Army 90) and a lower than average rate of relief granted (Navy 3.4% (and none in last 5 years); Army 5.5%). Considering that the Navy-Marine Corps system only has 20% more General/Special courts martial than the Army, the almost 100% difference in Art. 69 review numbers seems perplexing. Anyone have a theory . . . other than Guert’s engine for military justice theory?