In the wake of the acquittal of Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of the most serious charges against him (noted here), the Secretary of the Navy has revoked 10 awards given to the prosecution team in connection with the case. Reuters reports here that:
The move coincided with tweets from President Donald Trump repeating his support for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher and directing Spencer to rescind awards that were “ridiculously given” to prosecutors who, according to Trump, “lost the case” against Gallagher. . . .
A total of 10 military awards – seven Navy Achievement Medals and three letters of commendation – recently given to military prosecutors for their work on the Gallagher case were revoked, Navy officials told Reuters. Those officials said they did not know if Spencer acted on Trump’s orders or took action before the president’s tweets.
In perhaps-related other news, the Navy Times reports here that yesterday the Chief of Naval Operations took control of companion cases and ordered a review of the leadership and performance of the Navy JAG Corps:
“Additionally, as part of an ongoing assessment of Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps performance, Richardson directed Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bob Burke to conduct a Comprehensive Review into the leadership and performance of the JAG Corps. This review is intended to ensure the JAG Corps provides exemplary support to the Navy and the nation,” the statement concluded.
The Marshall Project reports here on the military special victim counsel programs. The piece focuses on the story of former Army Lieutenant Angela Bapp, who testified before House and Senate committees earlier this year (video available here).
Don Christensen, president of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group for military sexual assault survivors, said he hoped the Supreme Court would hear the case and reverse the military court.
“That would be good for the CAAF. It would be good for them to be slapped down a little bit,” he said. “This was a devastatingly bad opinion.”