. . . well at least when three Navy SEALs are being court-martialed. In addition to the comparison that CAAFlog made of Rep. Louie Gohmert’s (R-Tex.) statements about military justice, here, that seem to indicate support for the Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009, he made other comments that we’d like to highlight. Compare Rep. Gohmert’s statements, link here, about the military justice system Thursday at the press conference involving the 3 Navy SEALs:
The very people who can sign off and make sure charges take place or go away are the very people who hand pick the jurors,” Gohmert said. “There’s no random selection. You get the jurors that the people that sign off on the charges pick for you. …What we have seen too much in the military in recent years, it’s become very political.
With his statements only 3 weeks ago, here, about courts-martial in the context of the trials of 9-11 detainees:
The Army taught me that defendants in a military court do not have the same rights as defendants in a U.S. district court. No one screamed that our military should be tried only in a district court. That is because the military system was constitutionally created by Congress. Our Constitution anticipated a military with more discipline, less right to question, and more command control than a civilian workplace. Military members are afforded “constitutional rights,” but they’re different from civilians’.
And three months before that, here,
To say that these guys cannot get a fair trial is to say that anyone who is tried in a military court does not get a fair trial and that is simply not true. When I was at Fort Benning for four years, there were acquittals there. . . . Those were done under the same UCMJ [Uniform Code of Military Justice], so certainly they can get a fair trial . . .
Now that’s consistency.