The life of a military appellate counsel — sitting in a room reading records of trial day after day — may not sound riveting. But fortunately, records of trial often provide entertainment. My colleague Capt Mike Burnatt found this amusing exchange in an Air Force ROT:
(After Trial counsel’s findings witness testified):
MJ: Trial counsel, you may proceed.
TC: Argument, sir.
MJ: Well, we’re still at evidence now. Does the government rest? Do you have any additional evidence?
TC: We’ll go with sentencing evidence.
MJ: We’re in findings now. So, you’re trying to convince the court that . . .
TC: No, sir, nothing, no further evidence.
MJ: So the government rests?
TC: Yes, sir.