This week at the Supremes:  I’m unaware of any anticipated military justice developments at the Supremes this week.

This week at CAAF:  CAAF has no oral arguments this week.  Arguments resume on 6 April.

This week at the CCAs:  On Tuesday, ACCA will hear oral argument in United States v. Gaddis, No. ARMY 20080150.  The assignments of error to be argued are:

I THE MILITARY JUDGE COMMITTED PLAIN ERROR BY DENYING THE APPELLANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT EVIDENCE THAT HIS ACCUSER HAD A MOTIVE TO FABRICATE THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST APPELLANT BECAUSE THE ACCUSER WAS AFRAID THAT HER MOTHER WOULD BE ANGRY ABOUT THE ACCUSER’S SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITH PERSONS OTHER THAN APPELLANT.

II APPELLANT WAS DENIED HIS SIXTH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO EFFECTIVE ASSISTANCE OF COUNSEL WHERE THE CIVILIAN DEFENSE COUNSEL WAS PREJUDICIALLY DEFICIENT IN LITIGATING THE MILITARY RULE OF EVIDENCE 412 MOTION, AND PRESENTING APPELLANT’S CASE IN CHIEF.

III APPELLANT WAS DENIED HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A PUBLIC TRIAL WHEN THE MILITARY JUDGE EXCLUDED THE PUBLIC FROM THE COURT ROOM WHEN APPELLANT TESTIFIED IN SUPPORT OF, AND COUNSEL ARGUED FOR, ADMISSION OF THE EVIDENCE PERTAINING TO THE ACCUSER’S PRIOR SEXUAL CONDUCT.

IV  APPELLANT WAS DENIED HIS RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL WHERE THE MILITARY JUDGE FAILED TO CONDUCT THE TRIAL IN AN IMPARTIAL MANNER AND ACTED WITH IMPROPRIETY TOWARD APPELLANT’S CIVILIAN DEFENSE COUNSEL.

V  THE CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF THE ERRORS DISCUSSED ABOVE DEPRIVED APPELLANT OF HIS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL.

This week at the court-martial trial level:  The capital court-martial of United States v. Hennis continues at Fort Bragg.  Does anyone know when proceedings in the any of the SEALs cases are set to resume?

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