Back to O’Callahan and Relford, actually no, at least not in the U.S.

Mexico’s top court declared unconstitutional Tuesday a key portion of a military law that has broadened the influence of military courts and angered civilian victims seeking justice.

The 8-2 ruling said a provision of the Code of Military Justice that claims authority over all crimes committed by soldiers on duty is incompatible with Mexico’s constitution. The ruling said it violates a federal law stipulating that military courts should not expand their scope over civilians affected by a case.

A part of the military code says all crimes committed by soldiers on duty are considered crimes against military discipline.

The provision has been subject of scrutiny because human rights activists claim it has long allowed security forces to take over cases of fellow soldiers accused of abusing, torturing and executing civilians.

Some other news:

The San Antonio Express-News has this provocative lead:

For a decade before a sex scandal engulfed Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Air Force officials knew about persistent problems with basic training instructors seeking sexual relationships with trainees.

And as I do from time to time, here is a case of interest on sentence comparison, United States v. Williams, Crim. No. 09-0026 (PLF) (D.C. April 9, 2012).

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