Did anyone catch the PBS Newshour piece on “How military sex offenders fly under the radar after returning to civilian life“?  Discusses the disconnect between sex offender registries and court-martialed sex offenders.

The murder trial at Ramstein is underway.  Wednesday featured a videotaped confession by the accused, Air Force Staff Sergeant Sean Oliver, according to Stars and Stripes, here. Oliver is charged with the murder of Navy Petty Officer Dmitry Chepusov.  The “four hours of video [was] recorded during an interview of Oliver by Air Force special agents at Ramstein Air Base in late December 2013. The interview was conducted five days after German police pulled Oliver over during a traffic stop and found Chepusov dead in his car’s passenger seat.”

Fat Leonard (aka Leonard Francis), the head of Singapore based logistics firm Glenn Defense Marine Asia who ensnared several officers in a bribery scandal, will plead guilty today before a US Magistrate in San Diego, here (San Diego Union-tribune).

A human interest piece on the Navy Victim’s Legal Counsel program from S&S here.

Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.; Ryan Zinke, R-Mont.; and Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., have taken an interest in the convening authority action in 1stLt Clint Lorance’s case here (Army times).  Lorance was convicted and sentenced by a court-martial in August 2013 to 20 years in prison for ordering his platoon to open fire on two Afghan men in July 2012. Prosecutors contended that the officer violated ROE and that the men had not demonstrated hostile intent. New evidence included in a clemency petition to the CG of the 82nd Airborne deals with the status of the two men that were shot as potential insurgents/jihadists.  Prior coverage here and here.  Now if other members of Congress have their way, will this portion of the system even be available?

Five more Gitmo detainees were released the Pentagon announced on Wednesday, USA Today report here.  The report states that, “All five were captured in Pakistan and detained by the U.S. as suspected al-Qaeda fighters. U.S. officials determined it was no longer necessary to detain them but decided they couldn’t be sent to Yemen because of instability there.”

3 Responses to “Military Justice News for Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015”

  1. k fischer says:

    NoMan, re: Lorrance

     
    Now if other members of Congress have their way, will this portion of the system even be available?
     

    Great point.  Clemency should only be off the table if he sexually assaulted those men.  The fact that he was convicted for murdering them is far less aggravating and he should be granted clemency.  So, I guess I’d hear crickets if I went to my Congressional rep to discuss some of the bs SA cases I am seeing referred to trial nowadays.

  2. anonymousdefensecounsel says:

    “There is an epidemic abroad in the land…Only judges can put a stop to it.” 

  3. Matt says:

    Speaking of Military Justice news, here is an interesting (but very odd) story involving a Navy pilot.
    http://hamptonroads.com/2015/01/feds-want-navy-pilots-lawyer-child-porn-case