Co-authored by Mike “No Man” Navarre
The court-martial of Mid 3rd Class Patrick Edmond began yesterday at the Washington Navy Yard. Today’s Annapolis Capital report, here, includes testimony from the accused and a defense expert. Edmond, who is also a sprinter on the Academy’s track team, is accused of rape involving another Mid. The Capital reports that, “Attorneys are expected to make their closing arguments Wednesday.”
The court-martial of PFC Carl T. Stovall III began yesterday as well, see KCEN-TV report, here. Stovall is accused of shooting and killing a contractor on the US base in Taji, Iraq where Stovall was stationed in 2009. The first day included extensive testimony about Stovall”a mental condition including a stay at the US mental hospital penitentiary in Georgia while awaiting trial. Three, separate 706 Boards evaluated Stovall’s competence to stand trial. Among the indicia of his craziness cited in the story was his belief that he had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
The ABA Journal has this piece about a court in Minn. that permitted a divorce plaintiff to serve her defendant husband who had repeatedly returned to Africa via general service “by email, ‘Facebook, Myspace or any other social networking site.'” Something for military legal assistance practitioners to think about. I can’t see the practice taking hold in military justice, though it may be something for TC’s to discuss with the CA/IO in seeking to serve invitational travel orders.