Courts-Martial

What are the differences between courts-martial and civilian trials?

The differences are numerous. The military requires an Article 32 investigation, in which the accused is present, and his or her counsel may ask questions of the witnesses. In addition, at a court-martial, the verdict does not have to be unanimous (except in order to impose the death penalty) and the “convening authority” (usually the …

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What are the different types of courts-martial?

There are three types of courts-martial – summary court-martial, special court-martial, and general court-martial. Summary Court Martial Trial by summary court-martial provides a simplified procedure for the resolution of charges involving minor incidents of misconduct. The summary court-martial consists of one officer who is not required to be an attorney or judge. It is frequently …

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Army NCO accused of attempted murder and other charges acquitted of all charges.

Mr. Cassara represented an Army Sergeant accused at a court-martial of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and numerous other charges arising out of a shooting in Germany.  His co-accused went to trial before him and was convicted of several charges and sentenced to two years confinement and a bad-conduct discharge. One of the main …

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