After being locked out of CAAFlog all day (some would call that an improvement of the site), here’s the news of the day a little late.
- More news on the Rolling Stone accusation that a US General conducted illegal Psy Ops on US senators. Appears at least one legal review said the actions were neither illegal nor Psy Ops, see Wired article here.
- Deliberations in the bribery and kickback trial of a former US Army Major kick off in NY today. As the WSJ reports, here :
A federal jury will begin deliberations Monday on 22 counts of bribery, conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering against a former U.S. Army major and his wife, the first prosecution to go to trial in a sprawling case that surfaced in Kuwait in 2006. Authorities allege a network of contracting officers at Kuwait’s Camp Arifjan conspired to steer millions of dollars in deals to contractors, agreeing to kickbacks in secret cash payments.
This Week in Military Justice is a quiet one:
- CAAF: No arguments
- CCAs: No arguments
- SCOTUS: Today’s decision in Michigan v. Bryant, No. 09-150, has some applicability to MilJus and Justice Scalia’s dissent is a must read for Crawford addicts. From SCOTUS Blog, “[i]n an opinion by Justice Sotomayor, the Court held that a statement given to police by a wounded crime victim identifying the person who shot him may be admitted as evidence at the trial if the victim dies before trial and thus does not appear. The Court concluded that because the primary purpose of the interrogation was to enable police to deal with an ongoing emergency, the statements resulting from that interrogation were not testimonial and could be admitted without violating the Confrontation Clause.”
- Trial: The SPCMCA may issue his recommendation in the MAJ Hasan case this week, see Army Times here.