2008 has been a remarkable year in military justice. We’ve seen some things that haven’t happened for a decade, such as the Supreme Court’s issuing a writ of certiorari to give plenary consideration to a CAAF decision. We’ve seen some things that haven’t happened in my lifetime, such as the President’s approval of a military death sentence. And we’ve seen some unprecedented things, such as elevation of the Judge Advocates General to three-star rank.
Next Sunday, in lieu of “This week in military justice,” I plan to post a “This year in military justice” commentary taking a look back at the 10 biggest military justice stories of 2008. Between now and then, please post both your nominations for the top ten and your thoughts about the best criteria for defining a “big” military justice story.