Recent Accomplishments

William E. Cassara, Military Law Attorney

Army Court Reverses Conviction – ACCA Opinion U.S. v. Hannah

We are thrilled to report that the Army Court of Criminal Appeals set aside and dismissed our client’s convictions for two specifications of sexual assault.  We argued that the military judge improperly created the appearance of bias in favor of the government because of her inappropriate conduct toward our client’s trial defense counsel.  The military …

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Successful Rebuttal to Promotion Review Board and Titling Action on Behalf of Army Client!

Our firm recently represented an Army officer who had been assigned to lead a Civil Affairs detachment in Ethiopia in 2009. He served admirably there, establishing relationships with local leaders and fostering cooperation with the local population that led to the collection of substantive intelligence in the area. At the end of the deployment, a …

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Navy Criminal Appeals

Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals Reverses Earlier Opinion on Whether Regular Component Retirees Are Subject to UCMJ Jurisdiction

In December 2017, the Navy court-martialed retired Chief Petty Officer Stephen Begani for attempted sexual assault of a child and attempted sexual abuse of a child. The charges stemmed from online conversations between the retired Chief and an undercover NCIS agent who was portraying a 15-year old child and the Chief’s travel to meet with …

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Discharge Review

BCMR Removes Article 15 From Officer’s Records

Our office represents a reserve Air Force officer who was subjected to a lengthy investigation concerning his travel claims. When OSI could find no evidence of crimes, the command found an administrative error and used it to charge the officer and impose punishment at an Article 15 proceeding. The officer has been subjected to several …

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