In United States v. Lieutenant Colonel Jones, Military Judge, and Howell, Real Party in Interest, No. 201200264 (N-M. Ct. Crim. App. Dec. 29, 2015) (discussed here), the NMCCA split 4-4 to partially grant the Government’s post-trial petition for extraordinary relief from the military judge’s ruling that it was unlawful punishment to fail to pay the accused at his restored grade of E-6 after his case was reversed on appeal. The Navy JAG subsequently certified the case to CAAF (discussed here) and the accused also filed a writ-appeal petition.

Judge Ryan has recused herself from the case:

Notice of Recusal and Designation

Nos. 16-0289/MC and 16-0367/MC. U.S. v. Stephen P. Howell. CCA 201200264.  Notice is hereby provided that Judge Margaret A. Ryan has recused herself from participation in the above-captioned case. At the request of Chief Judge Charles E. “Chip” Erdmann, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., has designated Senior Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to perform the duties of a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in this case pursuant to Article 142(f), Uniform Code of Military Justice, 10 U.S.C. § 942(f) (2012).

Recusals are rare at CAAF. I’m only aware of a few in recent history:

  • Judge Ohlson’s recusal from United States v. Newton, 74 M.J. 69 (C.A.A.F. Feb. 25, 2015) (CAAFlog case page).
  • Judge Ryan’s recusal from United States v. Hernandez, No. 15-0178 (C.A.A.F. Jul. 16, 2015) (vacated as improvidently granted).
  • The recusal of then-Chief Judge Effron, Judge Baker, and Judge Ryan from United States v. Schweitzer, 68 M.J. 133 (C.A.A.F. 2009), and United States v. Ashby, 68 M.J. 108 (C.A.A.F. 2009).

6 Responses to “Judge Ryan recuses herself from Howell”

  1. Lone Wolf says:

    Anyone have any idea why she recused herself?

  2. stewie says:

    Because she’s part of a secret cabal involving the Queen of England, the Vatican, the Gettys, the Rothchilds, and Colonel Sanders.  Oh, I hated the Colonel with his wee, beady eyes, and that smug look on his face. “Oh, you’re gonna buy my chicken!”

  3. Lone Walf says:

    That’s what I figured, thanks Stewie.

  4. DCGoneGalt says:

    If anyone comes up with a conspiracy theory involving her involvement in some sort of Bergdahl cover-up . . . then I am going to snap.

  5. Bill Cassara says:

    Stewie you left out the Illuminati.  Always blame the Illuminati.

  6. Passing By says:

    I think they were both in Fight Club. Oh wait, I wasn’t supposed to talk about that.