Here is NIMJ’s own, Gene Fidell, with an op-ed on the Art. 32 proceedings for three former USNA football players accued os sexual assault:
The latest high-profile military justice case to come out of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis merits nationwide attention. In a nutshell, it involves allegations of sexual assault of a female midshipman by several members of the Academy football team. Liquor seems to have played a pivotal role. . . .
The preliminary investigation recently conducted at the Washington Navy Yard pursuant to Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) has been a terrible spectacle in itself. . . . [T]here is . . . an obligation on the part of the presiding officer to impose reasonable limits. That does not seem to have happened here. . . .
It would also be hard to find a clearer case of a conflict of interest than having the superintendent of the Naval Academy — an institution of higher learning that has long prided itself on its football prowess — decide whether criminal charges should be brought against members of the football team. . . .