Something you don’t see everyday, a request to re-try a sailor convicted in town on the same charges, see Navy Times, here:

The Navy has decided to court-martial a chief petty officer for a slaying in which he was tried, convicted and sentenced last year in a Virginia state court. . . . Chief Information Systems Technician (SW) Rodney Williams was tried and convicted in Virginia Beach, but his first-degree murder charge was reduced to voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced last August to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for shooting and killing a former sailor in front of a Norfolk, Va., nightclub in 2008.

Navy Times reports, here, that the former USS Gettysburg executive officer received non-judicial punishment for charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and gentlemen, sexual harassment, wrongful sexual contact and assault. CDR Baxter reached a pre-trial agreement that led to the NJP for what Navy Times called sexual harassment and inappropriate contact with members of the cruiser’s crew. The PTA also waived Baxter’s right to a Board of Inquiry.

Now the bizarre from the Air Force, here:

A staff sergeant assigned to the 576th Flight Test Squadron was sentenced with a reduction to airmen basic, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, 16 months confinement, and a Bad Conduct Discharge, for indecent acts on two separate occasions, at a general court-martial July 14. . . . Staff Sgt. Ivan Flores pleaded guilty before a military judge to two specifications of indecent acts, both a violation of Article 120, Uniform Code of Military Justice. . . . Flores’ misconduct was discovered when the owner of a local restaurant reported his misconduct to local law enforcement authorities. An investigation revealed that on two separate occasions, Flores exposed himself and masturbated while at a drive-thru window where two employees, one a minor, witnessed his misconduct.

And, finally, this from a few days ago, signs that civilian leaders may be getting the whole civilian-military divide here and here.

4 Responses to “Military Justice News for Aug. 16, 2011”

  1. italldepends says:

    I know I lost my mind a long time ago, but multiple sexual harassments involving XO-subordinate relationships gets NJP, and the obviously mentally ill SSgt who masterbates in the drive-thru gets 16 mos (15 after PTA I’m told) and a BCD????? (Futuer commenters: spare me the line about how harmful NJP is to an officer’s career.)

  2. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    Well IAD, it all depends on what kind of touching the XO did compared to the very public touching the SSgt did. I’d say the SSgt got the hammer because there was a minor in the drive-thru. That was probably the rub for the SJA on referral. Otherwise, I’d say the SSgt may have at least had a chance at NJP. It would have been a long shot, but how hard could it be to convince a judge you have mental issues with those charges?

  3. italldepends says:

    Then the SJA would be conflating CA’s age of consent with the UCMJ’s. My understanding is that the “minor” was 16. So the SSgt masturbated in front of two people with whom he could have intercourse. I’ll concede the distinction that the SSgt’s vics were civilian, and to be sure, it was not a good day at the office for the two drive-thru workers, but is that not preferable to being the recipient of a wrongful touching by a superior officer in your chain of command?

  4. Nomadic says:

    “…his first-degree murder charge was reduced to voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced last August to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for shooting and killing a former sailor in front of a Norfolk, Va., nightclub in 2008.” Heck, why try him again at court-martial when the panel will either acquit him outright or give him a reduction and 60 days?