From the wires:

  • Even though additional briefing is scheduled in the MSgt Hennis habeas action, see CAAFlog coverage here, voir dire is still set to begin in his court-martial.  See Raleigh’s WRAL report hereHere is the link to the Ft. Bragg press release.  The players in the case, according to the press release, are: 
    •  MJ:  Col. Patrick Parrish
    • TCs:  Maj. Robert Stelle, Capt. (P.) Matthew Scott, Capt. Jody Young, and Capt. Nathan Huff
    • Military TDCs:   Lt. Col. Andrew Glass and Lt. Col. Kris Poppe
    • Civilian Defense Counsel:  Frank Spinner
  • Stars and Stripes reports here that Army officials in Germany won’t take UCMJ action against soldiers for buying too much gas at the AAFES any more.  Somehow when one writes that, it makes that policy seem a bit . . . something.  Having never been stationed in Germany, I can’t speak to the rationality of the rationing order or whether G.O. and D. was served by using UCMJ processes to enforce on base gas rationing.
  • Scary (unconfirmed) news out of Egypt, here, from a military blogger perspective: 

Reporters Without Borders condemns university student Ahmed Abdel Fattah Mustafa’s trial by court martial for blogging about army human rights violations. Held incommunicado since his arrest by state security agents on 25 February, he appeared today before a Cairo military court on charges of “publishing false news” and trying to “undermine people’s confidence in the armed forces.” The trial was adjourned.

5 Responses to “Court Martial News Roundup”

  1. Jason Grover says:

    Frank Spinner also served as CDC in the Witt capital case out of the Air Force back in 2005 or 2006 if memory serves correctly.

  2. Some Army Guy says:

    I think that the gas rationing limits are based on some old diplomatic notes or something similar from the SOFA with Germany, dating back to the post-war days. Other consumer items in Germany are rationed — tobacco and alcohol. Americans pay about 1/3 of what other Europeans pay, so once upon a time there was certainly a black market available for gasoline, tobacco, and alcohol.

    But rationing and black markets all hearken back to a different time, when the German standard of living was much lower. My guess is that there just isn’t a reason to enforce these provisions. (In three years over there for me, I never had to show my ration card to buy alcohol on-post.)

  3. Some Army Guy says:

    One alibi — The article in S&S says that Soldiers who violate the rationing won’t be referred to law enforcement, not that commanders won’t necessarily be able to take action against them. If the implementing regulation is a lawful GO, then commanders can presumably still take action if they discover it.

    But I never heard of or saw any UCMJ action taken against a Soldier for violating the rationing.

  4. Cloudesley Shovell says:

    What is a Capt. (P.)? Why not Major (almost)? Enough already with the dreadful (sel) and (P.). I think the Army deserves the lion’s share the blame for that inanity, but the Navy gets its share, too, for that Rear Admiral upper and lower half silliness. Commodore was a fine rank for Matthew Perry; why it’s suddenly insufficient for you status-obsessed Beltway rangers is beyond me. (Actually, it isn’t, but the real reasons are too pathetic to talk about.)

    As for gas rationing in Germany, I can recall using books of ration coupons for petrol there. Interestingly, the ration books only went away a couple years ago, replaced by an ATM-style card.

    More details on petrol rationing here:

    US Army in Europe Regulation 600-17 here (pdf):

  5. Dew_Process says:

    LTC Glass – former RDC and now Military Judge. Smart move by the Army not to create a severance of counsel issue.

    Lt Col Frank Spinner, USAF JAGC (ret), former section head at the AF Appellate Defense shop, has been involved in many “high profile” cases, e.g., Capt. Ashby [Italian ski gondola crash], Capt Wang [Turkish Blackhawk shootdown], Capt Kelly Flynn, etc.

    Should be interesting – especially since the USDJ appears to have taken an interest in the case.