CAAF today granted review of three issues in United States v. Lusk:

I.  Whether the AFCCA erred when it held that the admission of the AFDTL cover memorandum was harmless and the admission of the DD Form 2624 was not plain error.

II.  Whether the plain error analysis of the chain of custody documents in United States v. Sweeney, 70 M.J. 296 (C.A.A.F. 2011) is inapplicable in the present case because the judge instructed the members that they must find the sample tested came from Appellant before they could convict him and the only evidence proving that fact was the certification of analysts who did not testify at trial but knew they were assisting the government with the collection of evidence.

III.  Whether the AFCCA erred when it held that the probative value of the AFIP test substantially outweighed its prejudicial effect and that its admission without limitation was harmless error.

United States v. Lusk, __ M.J. __, No. 11-0166/AF (C.A.A.F. Nov. 28, 2012).

CAAF directed that no briefs would be filed.  AFCCA’s unpublished decision in the case is available here.

One Response to “CAAF grants review of another Tearman trailer”

  1. Peanut Gallery says:

    So are we going to start calling these cases the “Trail of Tearmans?”

    I’m here all week folks.  Don’t forget to tip your waiter.