CAAFlog » October 2018 Term » United States v. Daniels

Today – in an order available here – the Supreme Court granted the Solicitor General’s petitions for certiorari in United States v. Briggs, No. 19-108, and United States v. Collins, No. 19-184. The Court consolidated the cases and allotted one hour for oral argument.

I discussed the petition in Briggs in this post. The petition directly challenges CAAF’s decision in United States v. Briggs, 78 M.J. 289 (C.A.A.F. Feb. 22, 2019) (CAAFlog case page), and indirectly challenges CAAF’s decision in United States v. Mangahas, 77 M.J. 220 (C.A.A.F. Feb. 6, 2018) (CAAFlog case page) (the #3 Military Justice Story of 2018)

I discussed the petition in Collins in this post. The petition involves two CAAF summary decisions: United States v. Collins, 78 M.J. 415 (C.A.A.F. Mar. 12, 2019) (CAAFlog case page), and United States v. Daniels, No. 19-0345/AF (noted here). Both cases were Briggs trailers.

Yesterday’s daily journal contains this summary disposition:

No. 19-0345/AF. U.S. v. Humphrey Daniels III. CCA 39407. On consideration of the issue certified by the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, __ M.J. __ (C.A.A.F. Jun. 19, 2019), Appellant’s brief, and Appellant’s motion for a summary disposition, motion to suspend this Court’s rules, and motion to dispense with the requirement to file a joint appendix all filed June 19, 2019, and in light of United States v. Mangahas, 77 M.J. 220 (C.A.A.F. 2018), it is ordered that the motions are granted, and the certified issue is answered in the affirmative, and the decision of the United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals is therefore affirmed.

The Air Force CCA’s opinion is available here.