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Today CAAF issued this guidance:

Per the Court’s standing guidance, if the Office of Personnel Management ( announces that federal offices in the Washington, DC, area are closed, the Court will also be closed. In that eventuality, pleadings due on any closure days will be considered timely if filed on the next day the Court is open.

Specifically in view of public health concerns and the current COVID-19 pandemic, if federal offices in Washington remain open, by order of the Chief Judge, the following guidance and order pertains:

The hearings scheduled for 16 and 17 March, 2020, will be held as scheduled. In accordance with our constitutional obligation to maintain open courts, the Court will not, absent exceptional circumstances, prevent anyone from entering the hearing. With that said, individuals who do not have a professional need to be present are requested to seriously consider whether the public interest would be better served by remaining away from the hearings. Consistent with past practice, and absent any unforeseen technical difficulty, the audio recording of these hearings will be posted to the Court’s website the same day.

(emphasis in original).

I enabled HTTPS/SSL on CAAFlog more than two years ago, and haven’t heard any complaints (about that).

I plan to make that the default address on Monday morning. The site will still be accessible over an unsecured (HTTP) connection, but all internal links will default to HTTPS. The primary reason for the change is to simplify some things on my end (that I could probably figure out how to fix with code, but this is much easier).

Please let me know (by email to if you have any issues accessing the site.

A reader sent me an email about a job posting for a faculty position at Belmont Law. Apparently, attorneys with court-martial experience are encouraged to apply.

The posting is after the jump.

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You may have noticed some performance issues when visiting CAAFlog over past 24-36 hours. I haven’t figured out the exact cause, but I’m working on it.

Back in July I wrote this post about favorable tax treatment for back pay as a result of a reversed court-martial conviction

A deadline for claims is December 17, 2018.

The Marshall Project recently wrote about the program here.

Here is the text of the presidential proclamation announcing the death of George H.W. Bush:

It is my sorrowful duty to announce officially the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States, on November 30, 2018.

President Bush led a great American life, one that combined and personified two of our Nation’s greatest virtues: an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to public service. Our country will greatly miss his inspiring example.

On the day he turned 18, 6 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, George H.W. Bush volunteered for combat duty in the Second World War. The youngest aviator in United States naval history at the time, he flew 58 combat missions, including one in which, after taking enemy fire, he parachuted from his burning plane into the Pacific Ocean. After the war, he returned home and started a business. In his words, “the big thing” he learned from this endeavor was “the satisfaction of creating jobs.”

The same unselfish spirit that motivated his business pursuits later inspired him to resume the public service he began as a young man. First, as a member of Congress, then as Ambassador to the United Nations, Chief of the United States Liaison Office in China, Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President, and finally President of the United States, George H.W. Bush guided our Nation through the Cold War, to its peaceful and victorious end, and into the decades of prosperity that have followed. Through sound judgment, practical wisdom, and steady leadership, President Bush made safer the second half of a tumultuous and dangerous century.

Even with all he accomplished in service to our Nation, President Bush remained humble. He never believed that government — even when under his own leadership — could be the source of our Nation’s strength or its greatness. America, he rightly told us, is illuminated by “a thousand points of light,” “ethnic, religious, social, business, labor union, neighborhood, regional and other organizations, all of them varied, voluntary and unique” in which Americans serve Americans to build and maintain the greatest Nation on the face of the Earth. President Bush recognized that these communities of people are the true source of America’s strength and vitality.

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of one of America’s greatest points of light, the death of President George H.W. Bush.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in honor and tribute to the memory of President George H.W. Bush, and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions for a period of 30 days from the day of his death. I also direct that, for the same length of time, the representatives of the United States in foreign countries shall make similar arrangements for the display of the flag at half staff over their embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

I hereby order that suitable honors be rendered by units of the Armed Forces under orders of the Secretary of Defense.

I do further appoint December 5, 2018, as a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States. I call on the American people to assemble on that day in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President George H.W. Bush. I invite the people of the world who share our grief to join us in this solemn observance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.


I’ve been experimenting with distribution of oral arguments in military cases via podcast. So far the experiment is working well, so I’m sharing it with you.

The podcast is available here:

It contains the audio from every CAAF argument of the term to date, the available CCA arguments, and the argument in EV v. Robinson. You should be able to subscribe with your preferred podcast app.

Please send any feedback to

The Army CCA’s website is now accessible from the public internet.

The websites for CAAF and the Air Force CCA (that are hosted on the same server) are currently down.

Update (May 4, 2018): Access restored.

A few weeks ago – in this post – I noted that the websites for CAAF and the Air Force CCA (both hosted on the same server) were inaccessible from the public internet.The sites were replaced with an Application Blocked message.

The outage didn’t last long, and presumably some mid-level idiot was reprimanded.

Firing would have been a better idea.

Right now, if you try to access the AFCCA or CAAF websites from the public internet, you get only this:

It’s cool though. Members of the public aren’t interested in the decisions of a federal court subordinate only to SCOTUS.

Right now, visitors to the Air Force CCA’s website see only this:

Must be a coincidence that has nothing to do with this morning’s discussion of Vargas. Other jokes write themselves.

Update: CAAF’s website (hosted on the same server) is also inaccessible, with the same application blocked message.

Update 2: Access was restored sometime early Monday evening.

The Army CCA’s website is also still inaccessible (discussed here).

Last night our email subscribers received a notification about a post from eight years ago. That was my fault. Sorry.

Outside of the occasional mistake, the email subscription feature is great. Subscribers get an email every time a new post is published. The email includes the title of the post, all content before the jump, and a link back to the blog.

You can subscribe by submitting your email address in the box on the right sidebar. If you don’t receive a confirmation email, you can check the status of your subscription here.

Army JAG sites still inaccessible from the public internet (discussed here).

This post from early-2016 discussed how the Army CCA’s website and the Army JAG Corps Network website were inaccessible from the public internet (but accessible within the .mil domain) due to Army network security issues. The inaccessibility persisted until May, and the issue got an honorable mention in the Top Ten Military Justice Stories of 2016.

The problem is back.

These Army sites are currently inaccessible from the public internet, but are accessible from within the .mil domain. Because reasons.

The Air Force CCA, Coast Guard CCA, Navy-Marine Corps CCA, CAAF, SCOTUS, and Russian Supreme Court websites all work fine.

Job posting available here. Position is a GS 12. Looks perfect for a transitioning legal community SNCO. Application deadline is Friday.