The AP (via Forbes) reports, here, that SGT John Russell’s Article 32 hearing into the killing of 5 US servicemembers at a mental health clinic in Iraq is continuing today. The article features some chilling testimony about the events. The article notes that “[t]he killings triggered an investigation, resulting in a 325-page report that was critical of the way the military was handling mental health issues while soldiers were deployed.”

The San Antonio Express reports, here, that PFC Naser Abdo was indicted yesterday on charges of “possession of an unregistered destructive device, as well as possession of a firearm and ammunition by a fugitive from justice.”   For those living in a hole, the charges stem from an alleged plot to bomb a restaurant outside of Ft. Hood that is frequented by servicemebers.  Additional charges are likely. No hint the military will take the case. I guess the USAOs don’t defer to the military when it comes to terrorism-related charges.

And last, but not least, CAPT Owen Honors returns to the news. The Virginian-Pilot reports here:

Capt. Owen P. Honors made his first appearance Tuesday before a panel of admirals examining whether he should remain in the Navy. Among other evidence, Honors’ lawyer submitted hundreds of pages of statements from his supporters.

The three-member panel convened at Norfolk Naval Station to accept documentary evidence – the statements, investigation reports and a hard drive of videos – that it will review over the next two weeks.

The story mentions that CAPT Honors civilian attorney, Charlie Gittins, was not present but would make an appearance on Aug. 23.

H/t Defense News EB

2 Responses to “Military Justice News for Aug. 10, 2011”

  1. italldepends says:

    “I guess the USAOs don’t defer to the military when it comes to terrorism-related charges.”

    171 residents of Cuba might believe otherwise.

  2. soonergrunt says:

    Per the Army Times, SGT Joseph Bozicevich has been sentenced LWOP.
    “Bozicevich’s civilian defense attorney, Charles Gittins, said he accomplished his main priority by making sure Bozicevich was spared the death penalty.”