Here is a smattering of court-martial news for May 13, 2010:

  • Hawaii passes law allowing duplicate requests for government documents to be ignored, here.  What’s the relevance?  The law was targeted at birthers who send 10-20 requests per week for Pres. Obama’s birth certificate, see here.   With LTC Lakin’s Art. 32 hearing coming up, those requests should slow as the birth certificate will surely be part of the government’s hearing evidence.
  • Mr. Galligan complains about access to documents, including an FBI investigation, related to the Ft. Hood shootings and his client Major Nidal Hasan, story here.  Mr. Galligan also continues to believe that the government has already decided to try his client capitally.  While I see his point about the process and not pre-judging his client, is there any chance that this issue, if preserved for appeal, survives harmless error analysis?
  • A court-martial in Iraq that totally slipped under the radar has found an Army officer guilty of negligent homicide and reckless endangerment in the deaths of two Iraqis.  According to AP, here, the sentence in the case appears to be limited to a reprimand and loss of pay.  Here is our prior coverage.  The Denver Post has decent coverage of the events, here and here.

3 Responses to “Court-Martial News Roundup”

  1. JimmyMac says:

    I am wondering why “the birth certificate will surely be part of the government’s hearing evidence.” Wouldn’t the government’s evidence be aimed at the elements of the charged offenses? I guess as a tactical matter the government could introduce evidence to rebut an anticipated defense but why in this case? Interesting trial tactics decision, I guess.

  2. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    JM–Sorry, that is the lost art of sarcasm in print. We’re still working out the bugs on our sarcasm font.

  3. John O'Connor says:

    I also have reason to believe that the CA in the Hasan case is predisposed against mitigating any adjudged sentence to a sentence of no punishment. Therefore, the CA obviously must be replaced.