In what I believe is the first crisis that threatens to shake up the military’s nascent victims’ counsel programs, the Marine Corps Times reports here about an investigation into an allegation that a Marine Corps victims’ legal counsel counseling a victim/client to destroy evidence:
The head of the Marine Corps’ Victims’ Legal Counsel program in Japan is at the center of a legal probe after allegedly instructing a client to destroy documentation relevant to a case.
Maj. [H], a 15-year officer and judge advocate who is serving as regional special victims’ counsel for Legal Services Support Pacific in Okinawa, Japan, is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, according to a Marine official. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to discuss the case.
NCIS officials confirmed the existence of an investigation, but said they could not comment on the case as the probe was ongoing.
The investigation is centered on allegations that [H] instructed a victim she was advising in an active sexual assault case to destroy information on a personal cellphone that was relevant to the case, but may have reflected negatively on the victim, according to several sources in the Marine Corps’ legal community who are familiar with the case.