The Superintendent of the US Naval Academy referred charges for what is alleged to be a non-consensual threesome between a Naval Academy instructor and two female Mids after the annual USNA-St. Johns croquet match in April 2011. ABC News reports, here and the Baltimore Sun, here, report that the Supe referred sexual assault and other charges against Marine Corps Major Mark Thompson to a general court-martial.
The military judge in the SSGT Robert Bales case set Sep. 3, 2013 as a trial date. See AP (via WaPo) report here. Bales’ counsel called the date “very unrealistic.” Bales is accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians outside a US base on March 11, 2012. AP reports that Bales counsel also said:
Browne said the judge has scheduled questioning of potential jurors to begin Aug. 19,and dates for pre-trial motions to be filed and argued April 23-26 and June 4-7.
Browne and co-counsel Emma Scanlan have each traveled to Afghanistan to investigate the case,but Browne insists another trip by at least one member of the defense team would be necessary before the trial.
One hurdle to that is financial,he said. He has repeatedly noted that his firm is working for Bales for free —Bales also has appointed military defense counsel.
If Browne can’t raise the money for another trip to Afghanistan,he said,his firm might have to withdraw from the case —which,he noted,could set the trial back more than a year.
Military judge COL James Pohl put an end to remote silencing of military commission proceedings reports the NYT, here. The article also discusses efforts underway to deal with material support for terrorism and conspiracy charges in the case, which have come into question since the DC Circuit’s ruling in Hamdan and Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins statements that he thinks those charges should not be pursued by the commissions.