The article includes the following:
In an unusual move, trial judge Colonel Steven Henley rejected a US newspaper column last week that portrayed the court-martial as a humiliation for prosecutors and claimed they had been reluctant to charge Jordan at all.
‘The prosecutors and the defence confidently presented their cases,’ Henley said in closing the trial. ‘That is it – no more, no less.’
No doubt the article is referring to Dana Milbank’s “Washington Sketch” column from the Washington Post, which we previously noted here.
Interesting that the trial judge would specifically refute published newspaper article (the Dana Milbank Washington Post article from last week). I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen before. For whatever it’s worth, I know MAJ Pavlovcak (one of the prosecutors criticized in the article) and he’s a good attorney. I also know the defense team quite well. I had heard something to the effect that they recommended Article 15 for this case.
Based on how things turned out in court, I am not surprised by the sentence.