The Air Force Times reports here about an Air Force Judge Advocate who was convicted of attempted larceny and making a false official statement at a general court-martial, and sentenced to be dismissed. The report states that Lt. Col. Deric Prescott – who formerly served as the staff judge advocate for Minot Air Force Base – “was convicted of one count and one specification of making a false official statement, a violation of Article 107 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and one count and one specification of attempted larceny of an amount greater than $500 from the moving company Total Moving Management, a violation of Article 80 of the UCMJ.”
The Los Angeles Times published this report about the recently completed review of the Navy and Marine Corps legal communities, with the observation that while “the review mentions Gallagher once in its 273 pages, the timing of it leaves little doubt that Gallagher’s case, and Trump’s anger at the Navy over it, was a factor in the report.” The report also notes that the review “found systemic problems relating to other military law cases in addition to Gallagher’s.” But:
The Navy’s review did not address what a senior Navy official described as a crippling morale hit suffered by the Navy JAG Corps — and the Navy at large — after the president’s actions.
“Both the president’s and Richardson’s interventions impacted morale and people’s belief in themselves,” said the senior officer, who was not authorized to comment. “There is no certainty that leadership would have their backs. There was significant concern in the Navy, from (lieutenants to admirals), about Trump’s involvement and whether it would affect careers and how it would impact the military justice system.”
Adm. Robert Burke, vice chief of naval operations, declined to answer questions about the JAG morale issue when asked by the Union-Tribune during a Q&A session with reporters Friday.
He said that the Navy JAGs are “talented individuals.”