Here’s a link to Phil Cave’s synopsis of Friday’s arraignment in the Lakin case.

Here’s a link to CNN’s coverage.

And here’s a link to a World Net Daily post reporting that “[a]t the conclusion of the arraignment, Lakin was ordered not to speak with the press and was taken back to Reed under military escort, surprising and disturbing a civilian lawyer who has been working on his case.”  [Caution:  World Net Daily’s accuracy average may be below the Mendoza line.]

18 Responses to “Lakin coverage”

  1. Brian le chien says:

    So, according to Mr. Cave, motions are due on 20 August, with replies due on 27 August, with several 39a sessions scheduled for later.

    According to WingNut Daily, there will be hearings on the 20th and 27th of August.

    I’m going to be that Phil has it right, and WND doesn’t know the difference between hearings and motions. This would also explain WND’s failure to understand MREs 401 & 402… Ok, I’m getting a little snarky, but sometimes it is invited.

    (NOTE: supporters of LTC Lakin should still show up to the court on the 20th & 27th).

  2. Greg says:

    Just imagine how surprised and disturbed that civilian lawyer will be when Lakin is sentenced to prison.

  3. soonergrunt says:

    There’s some idiot holding forth on the MSNBC discussion board that Lakin won’t spend any time in jail because these are ‘not jailable offenses’ and that anyone born outside the US to US citizens are not US citizens themselves unless their parents were dual military under orders in Germany.
    (I guess my son is SOL since my wife was only a reservist when he was born in Germany, where I was stationed. It doesn’t matter what the State Department says with their hoity-toity Consular Report of Birth, so there!)
    This guy actually thinks a members panel will acquit Lakin.

  4. King Jorge III says:

    There’s one in every crowd…

  5. Bovril says:

    Alas not just the one…..There are a substantial selection of the delusional wandering sites like Free Republic who are slavering over this and expect it to lead to outright mutiny across the services.

    This little mass of seditious treasonberry munchers see Lakin as a shining beacon and refuse to accept that the military can’t allow actions like Lakin to pass…..

    Still, the left hand side of the Bell Curve will always be with us…..>8-)

  6. Anonymous says:

    They don’t care. Lakin is just a PayPal cash cow.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, we can’t unring the left side of the bell.

  8. Greg says:

    This guy actually thinks a members panel will acquit Lakin.

    An acquittal seems unlikely since every one of the officers attending Lakin’s arraignment – as well as the judge herself (under her robes) – was wearing basic camouflage fatigues. As the “dispatches from Birtherstan” blog notes:

    The fact they were all wearing camouflage I suspect is a signal to Lakin of disapproval. Partly showing him that his refusal to obey orders means someone else had to go to Afghanistan to care for the troops there, and partly showing Lakin that he’s not worth the respect that more formal uniforms would convey.

    If those officers are a representative sample of likely jurors for Lakin’s court-martial – then acquittal seems a very unlikely outcome indeed.

  9. yguy says:

    An acquittal seems unlikely since every one of the officers attending Lakin’s arraignment – as well as the judge herself (under her robes) – was wearing basic camouflage fatigues. As the “dispatches from Birtherstan” blog notes:

    The fact they were all wearing camouflage I suspect is a signal to Lakin of disapproval. Partly showing him that his refusal to obey orders means someone else had to go to Afghanistan to care for the troops there, and partly showing Lakin that he’s not worth the respect that more formal uniforms would convey.

    If those officers are a representative sample of likely jurors for Lakin’s court-martial – then acquittal seems a very unlikely outcome indeed.

    Don’t look now, but you guys are coming within an eyelash of calling this a kangaroo court.

  10. Dwight Sullivan says:

    I recommend that everyone chill on this point. What we in the Marine Corps used to call “Cammies” — and what the Army used to call “BDUs” — is what almost everyone in the Army always wears now. No sartorial messages were being sent.

  11. soonergrunt says:

    I recommend that everyone chill on this point. What we in the Marine Corps used to call “Cammies” — and what the Army used to call “BDUs” — is what almost everyone in the Army always wears now. No sartorial messages were being sent.

    And I for one just don’t understand how the Army decided that we would slug-out in ACU all the time, even when on official travel and out in public and nobody would wear Class A uniform in places where the other services still do. Yes, I understand that the new Class A uniform makes the average soldier look like an overbearing mall cop, but that is utterly beside the point. Question for the rest of you: is it acceptable to wear cammies/ACU/etc in court? I would’ve rather thought Class A would be the uniform of the day.

  12. soonergrunt says:

    further to my last,
    I agree with Col Sullivan, it doesn’t mean anything per se. This has been an issue in the Army for some time now, with the last Chief of Staff and the current one both wearing ACU in places where the Class A uniform was more appropriate, and other people noting this as well. The answer/excuse has been “we’re an army at war and this is the combat uniform.” My answer, and the answers of a lot of people to that is that the actual wars are on the other side of the world and are not an excuse for appearing to have stuffed your professionalism in a duffel bag along with your uniforms.

  13. Christopher Mathews says:

    I recall when we went to BDUs full-time in the NCR — the explanation I got was that it showed our commitment to the combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq and our solidarity with the deployed troops.

    Truly, there’s nothing a guy taking mortar fire in Bagram will be more comforted by than the knowledge that the judges of the AFCCA are wearing camouflage under their robes.

  14. soonergrunt says:

    Well, I can tell you that during my four combat tours it mattered to me more than anything, while driving from ambush to ambush that everybody back stateside was in a ‘combat mindset’ in their air-conditioned offices from 8 to 5 because they were wearing camouflage.
    Hell, knowing that really set my mind at ease about the fuel shortages, the broken radios and the inadequate MEDEVAC coverage!

  15. King Jorge III says:

    the inadequate MEDEVAC coverage!

    Could a really good flight surgeon in theater fight to change that? Didn’t we have a “really good flight surgeon” on orders, but he took a birfer dive?

  16. Anon says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen…it all comes down to uniform envy. Certain services can be in Class A and not wearing a necktie and certain services can’t.

  17. soonergrunt says:

    That’s as may be, but the others can’t wield a big gun like the Army!

  18. soonergrunt says:

    And the Missouri isn’t in service these days. And those guns can’t be ‘wielded’ in the same sense, now can they?
    Of course, it could be said that the Missouri, like many naval vessels, is long and hard and full of Seamen, but that’s going to take this thread somewhere NOBODY wants it to go.