LTC Lakin, convicted on all charges and specifications by a general court-martial, has been sentenced.
The sentence is a dismissal, confinement for six months, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. The dismissal — the only form of punitive discharge authorized for an officer — is generally regarded as equivalent to a dishonorable discharge and cuts off substantially all benefits incident to military service. If approved by the convening authority, it will entitle LTC Lakin to automatic review of his case by the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. He can waive that review, but such waivers are relatively rare. Unless the convening authority grants a deferment of confinement, LTC Lakin will start his sentence today.
Colonel Sullivan reports that there was no reaction from LTC Lakin or from the half-dozen or so birthers remaining in the spectators’ gallery. The military judge thanked the members for their service, and excused them. The courtroom was then cleared to allow LTC Lakin privacy.
Thanks to all who participated in the discussions here the past few days. With very few exceptions, the questions and comments were excellent.
Colonel Sullivan will likely be on later to post his observations first-hand; if there are any further radio interviews, we will link them here. UPDATE: There will be another discussion of the case tonight at blogtalkradio. CDR Cave will be a guest; Colonel Sullivan plans to participate as well, although he may be a little late calling in.
Finally, for the weather mavens, we have this post-trial photo of the courthouse: