Here’s a link to a report that the Judge Advocate General of the Navy certified NMCCA’s decision in Hutchins to CAAF on Monday. We’ll look for that certification in today’s daily journal update.
The Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Justice, Colonel Pete Collins, reportedly advised the Judge Advocate General against certifying the case to CAAF, noting that a certification “is unlikely to result in a positive result for the government.” The article continues, “”The attorney’s conduct in this case was not in the best interest of the client,” Collins said in his written opinion. “The military judge failed to consider the issue. The facts are that the client lost a member of his defense team three weeks before his murder trial with no warning and no turnover to the substitute counsel.”