We’ve closely followed the case of United States v. Hutchins, in which NMCCA reversed the conviction due to errors in the way one of the trial defense counsel exited the case, only to be reversed by CAAF as to the remedy.  United States v. Hutchins, 68 M.J. 623 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. 2010), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 69 M.J. 282 (C.A.A.F. 2011).  Hutchins was released from confinement following the NMCCA opinion but was returned to confinement after CAAF’s decision.  According to this North County Times report, a parole hearing at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar has resulted in a unanimous recommendation that Hutchins be paroled.  He will have a hearing before the Naval Clemency and Parole Board on 13 July.  The article reports, however, that SECNAV has opined in the past that Hutchins should serve his complete sentence.

h/t Phil Cave’s Court-Martial Trial Practice blog

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