This has been an eventful year in military justice land. Over the coming days, we’ll continue our annual tradition of posting our choices of the top-ten military justice stories of the year. But unlike last year, when we reached a consensus concerning our choices, this year there is considerable disagreement among the CAAFlog contributors concerning what should make the list. So we’ll see how this process will go. Perhaps the No Man will hijack the list at some point and insert some of his choices.
Less controversial are the cases we’ll be keeping an eye on over the coming year. Probably foremost among those is the trial of MAJ Nidal Hasan, who we assume will be tried by a capital court-martial during 2011. Another expected military justice case high on our radar screen is that of PFC Bradley Manning, though there have been some recent indications that his case may be diverted to United States District Court. We’ll also be following the habeas litigation in military death row inmate Ronald Gray’s case, which we expect to produce some interesting law over the coming year. We’ll continue to cover all of those stories, plus whatever unexpected developments pop up. After all, in December 2009, none of us had ever heard of LTC Terrence Lakin.