An alert reader drew our attention to this docket page where the ongoing case of Marine Major Mark Thompson (CAAFlog news page), our #7 Military Justice Story of 2016, appears to be scheduled for disposition by guilty plea on Thursday.

21 Responses to “Thompson case headed for a guilty plea”

  1. Bionic Barry Dylan says:

    What a great handout this case would make for an ADC/TDS office.  Print out the news articles with summaries of the various steps of the process and title the handout: “Why You Should Always Keep Your D— Mouth Shut.”

  2. stewie says:

    Are we still doing “phrasing?”

  3. k fischer says:

    BBD,
     
    You talking about this case from Amherst?  I’m still waiting for an SVP to push for prosecuting a Serviceman for forcible sodomy where he is passed out, laying on his back, and gains consciousness to being orally copulated by a Servicewoman who later accuses him of sexual assault because she was too drunk.  She could have used this handout, which would have been a double entrendre.

  4. (Former)ArmyTC says:

    Anyone know how this turned out?

  5. Cheap Seats says:

    Ann Marimow (@amarimow) of the Washington Post is there according to her Twitter feed.  Evidently, still in progress.  Waiting for her to update.

  6. Concerned Defender says:

    Personal views of his conduct aside, this case raises some interesting legal issues about double jeopardy and what he should be sentenced for and whether mendacity applies.
    Of course, he was acquitted of sex assault but convicted of others (conduct unbecoming, fraterinization…) in the past.  Now however he’s admitting to having lied about what seems to be the basis for his sex assault acquittal.   Does this then open the door for  perhaps a different jurisdiction (state) to bring sex assault charges against him?  One would think yes, it would or could.  So, not so sure I’d be willing to plead guilty with those issues outstanding.
    Also, I wonder if mendacity (as a sentence enhancement) applies to past lies or past perjury involving the same case/controversy?  And, if I were the judge, I suppose I’d make it clear that the current sentence for the guilty plea is separate from the prior conviction and acquittal to avoid any double jeopardy issues in sentencing so as to not create any appellate issues as unlawful violation of double jeopardy.  
    Factually and legally fascinating case, in truth.  And a wonderful training tool as to why a criminal accused should shut his mouth.
     

  7. Cheap Seats says:

    WaPo saying 90 days, dismissal. Anyone know if there is a PTA?

    Ann Marimow (@amarimow)

    4/13/17, 8:27 PM
    Marine Maj. Mark Thompson sentenced to 90 days and dismissed from service for lying in sex misconduct case. washingtonpost.com/local/public-s…

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  8. Vulture says:

    Its hard to see how this doesn’t do anything but make it more difficult for the next guy (or gal) that is not guilty to maintain their innocence in the future.
    So maybe when Zach does the Silver Tongue Award he make give Major Thompson the inaugural Blue Falcon Award as the Accused that has the potential to do the most damage to procedural protections of others.

  9. Warlawyer says:

    There was a PTA.  Suspended dismissal  The govt reached out after the last motions hearing over when WAPO and the reporter could be force to testify.   This one of at least 15 motions filed in this case.  Overall we are satisfied.

  10. David Bargatze says:

    Cheap Seats, it appears there is a PTA. From the Washington Post article: “As part of his plea deal, Thompson’s punitive discharge will be suspended, allowing him to collect retirement benefits if he meets the terms of the agreement. But his retirement will be reviewed by the Navy Secretary, who could decide to demote Thompson and dramatically reduce his pension.”

  11. jagaf says:

    I hope they had good reason to PTA away the dismissal, because if anyone ever needed it…what a disgrace.

  12. DCGoneGalt says:

    Would a plea deal with a dismissal off the table would have been to prevent someone (i.e. a complainant in the original allegation) from having to testify?  
     
    So many known unknowns that it makes me wonder about the unknown unknowns.

  13. Concerned Defender says:

    Such a generous plea deal tells me that both sides had serious concerns about losing.  Seems like the government wasn’t too confident in its phone record evidence, chain of custody, or other evidentiary problems.  I don’t recall exactly but didn’t the female complaining witness have her own credibility baggage or wasn’t she also somehow punished (hence the original acquittal)?  
     

  14. Ed says:

    Major Thompson is a disgrace to the military. He is one “Bad Hombre” His willingness to continuously lie stands in contrast to the need for absolute integrity , its absence putting lives at risk. Given the prosecution team I suggest there must be good reasons for the PTA. One of the complaining witnesses ( and actors in this drama) was tossed from the navy for fraternization. Unfortunately the other is to my best knowledge  a Marine Corps officer. I am sure Major Thompson regrets his ephemeral interest in croquet.

  15. SomeDC says:

    Is there a way to actually break his sword and drum him out to the gate upon his “retirement”?  A BOI will take 18 months and he still collects pay as a Major.

  16. DCGoneGalt says:

    I’m hoping he goes to a BOI, retires as a Capt, and then is rehired as a spokesman for the Pentagon.

  17. k fischer says:

    According to the WaPo, the Government introduced an impact statement from Stadler lamenting how Thompson tried to ruin his life with his lies.  Best mitigation I’ve seen introduced by the Government, yet.

  18. k fischer says:

    According to the WaPo, the Government introduced an impact statement from Stadler lamenting how Thompson tried to ruin her life and reputation with his lies.  Best mitigation I’ve seen introduced by the Government, yet.

  19. Cheap Seats says:

    SomeDC, Let’s hope that there won’t be a BOI taking 18 months.  I would think (hope) the prosecution required a BOI and RGD waiver so that this thing can get “fast-tracked” (as much as that is possible going through SECNAV).  I’m thinking with a waiver he could be retired in reduced grade within 8 months.