Afghan Shootings/Bales Court-Martial

Here from CBS News is an article on the Bales case that highlights interesting cultural differences in the Afghan and US military justice/justice systems.

US Rule of Law Lessons in Iraq Fading?

A few stories about individual rights and rule of law in Iraq.

MAJ Hasan Court-Martial

On Wednesday counsel for MAJ Nidal Hasan pleaded for additional time and a government-paid forensic pathologist to review autopsy reports, says AP (via Yahoo News here).  The judge, COL Gregory Gross, granted the expert request, but wiuthheld ruling on the continuance.  The case, now 2 years and 5 months removed from the shootings at Ft. Hood, has been previously delayed at the defense’s request, see here.

2 Responses to “Military Justice News for Apr. 5, 2012”

  1. Cap'n Crunch says:

    I think it would be foolish NOT to grant the continuance.  Yes, it is for 6 months, BUT we are talking about a capital case where the accused will almost certainly get the needle if it is done right.  Grant the continuance, tell the defense that any further requests will need to be in writing with proper support, and that, under Miller, the “availability of witness or evidence requested,” “prejudice to opponent” and “moving party received prior continuances” factors are now tilting against further continuances.

  2. Dew_Process says:

    Right on, Cap’n!