In the wake of President Trump’s recent grants of clemency in military cases, pardoned Army First Lieutenant Clint Lorance appeared on Fox & Friends this morning. Video and a report are available on the Fox News website, here. Among other things, Lorance reacted to yestetrday’s tweet from former Vice President Joe Biden that said that the President’s pardon decision “betrays the rule of law, the values that make our country exceptional & the men and women who wear the uniform honorably.” Shortly before Biden’s tweet, the President tweeted that he would not have granted clemency to Private Manning, whose 35-year sentence was commuted by President Obama.
In other news, CNN reports here on the Supreme Court’s grant in Briggs, with the observation that “this will be the first time the justices consider a sexual assault issue in the #MeToo era, wading into a years-long controversy over how the military addresses sexual misconduct in its ranks as service branches continue to face scrutiny over their lack of progress countering the problem.”
Additionally, the San Diego Union Tribune reports here that a military judge ruled that the public, mass apprehension of 16 Marines accused of human smuggling was unlawful command influence. The Union Tribune previously reported on a video of the apprehension, observing that:
On the morning of July 25, as 800 Marines stood in formation at the Camp San Mateo area of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, 24 Marines’ names were called.
Fifteen were ordered to stand in a line in front of the battalion “to be recognized,” according to court filings in the case. The battalion sergeant major stood nearby, carrying a red folder that usually is associated with awards.
But these men weren’t awarded. The regiment sergeant major, Sgt. Major Matthew A. Dorsey pointed to the Marines in front and said, “NCIS, arrest these Marines.”
Three video clips of the incident are available here and also here. The Union Tribune reports that the military judge gave the prosecution “until next week to find a way to remedy what he said was actual and apparent unlawful command influence, or it could be devastating to their case.”