In this post I noted news reporting about a military legal ethics inquiry connected to the ongoing case of Marine Major Mark Thompson (CAAFlog news page), our #7 Military Justice Story of 2016. Such ethics inquiries are notoriously opaque.
That inquiry is now over. Stars and Stripes reports here that:
The ethics probe into Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Cmdr. Aaron Rugh was closed after the investigation “found that the available evidence failed to support a violation” of the Rules of Professional Responsibility governing Navy lawyers, according to a memo signed by Vice Adm. J.W. Crawford III, the Navy Judge Advocate.
“Accordingly, no further inquiry will be conducted and the matter is now closed,” said the brief memo dated Monday and received Tuesday by Stars and Stripes.
The Washington Post’s Jonathan Woodrow Cox – whose reporting led to this prosecution of Major Thompson – also writes about the end of the inquiry here.