Audio of today’s oral arguments at CAAF is available at the following links:
CAAF will hear an unusual argument on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, it’s first day of oral arguments in the term. Military appellate defense counsel representing Master Sergeant (E-8) Hennis – whose conviction and capital sentence were our #2 military justice story of 2010 – will go up against military counsel for the Army Government Appellate Division to argue a “Consolidated motion to compel funding for learned counsel, a mitigation specialist, and a fact investigator; for appointment of appellate team members; and for a stay of proceedings.”
It’s not the first time CAAF has heard oral argument on a motion, but I believe that it is the first such oral argument this century.
The motion asks CAAF to:
order the government to provide funding and contract for learned appellate counsel, a capital mitigation specialist, and a fact investigator. Further, appellant requests this Court order the government to provide defense team members deemed necessary in accordance with AR 27-10. Finally, appellant requests oral argument and a stay of proceedings pending receipt of required resources pursuant to C.A.A.F. R. 33 and 40.
Mot. at 1-2.