This week at SCOTUS: I’m not aware of any military justice developments at the Supreme Court.

This week at CAAF: CAAF will hear oral argument in two cases this week, both on Wednesday, February 25, 2015:

United States v. Simmermacher, No. 14-0744/NA (CAAFlog case page)

Issue: When the Government destroys evidence essential to a fair trial, the Rules for Courts-Martial require the military judge to abate the proceedings. Here, the Government negligently destroyed the sole piece of evidence that provided the basis for HM3 Simmermacher’s conviction prior to both the referral of charges and the assignment of defense counsel. Should the military judge have abated the proceedings?

Case Links:
NMCCA opinion
Appellant’s brief
Appellee’s (Government) brief
Blog post: Argument preview

United States v. Woods, No. 14-0783/NA (CAAFlog case page)

Issue: Whether the military judge erred by denying a challenge for cause against the court-martial president, who said the “guilty until proven innocent” standard is “essential” to the military’s mission.

Case Links:
NMCCA opinion
Appellant’s brief
Appellee’s (Government) brief
Appellant’s reply brief
Blog post: Argument preview

This week at the ACCA: The next scheduled oral argument at the Army CCA is on March 18, 2015.

This week at the AFCCA: The Air Force CCA will hear oral argument in United States v. Solis, on Monday, February 23, 2015, at 12:05 p.m. at the George Washington University Law Center, Washington D.C.

This week at the CGCCA: The Coast Guard Trial Docket shows no scheduled oral arguments at the Coast Guard CCA.

This week at the NMCCA: The Navy-Marine Corps CCA’s website shows no scheduled oral arguments.

One Response to “This Week in Military Justice – February 22, 2015”

  1. Michael Lowrey says:

    Gutierrez is out. I’ll make a bold prediction: it makes this blog’s Top 10 list for 2015. Very significant decision.