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Proof and reproof

Answers slow in coming in challenges to public official’s military service record Mike Sleeper was hosting trivia night at an Augusta-area restaurant recently when the subject of the Columbia County Board of Education came up. A Georgia Southern University student in the group piped up, innocently but obliviously: “Hey – aren’t they the ones with […]

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What does sequestration mean to you?

Cuts, cuts and more cuts.  No matter what your position is within the Department of Defense, the question looms…how will the sequestration affect me personally?  Unless legislation is passed to “undo” the Budget Control Act, on Friday, March 1st, President Obama will be required to issue a sequestration order.  Sequestration will generate automatic cuts for […]

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Lying to a cop is not necessarily a crime in the military anymore.

Sometimes military prosecutors charge Soldiers with making a “false official statement” in violation of Article 107 of the U.C.M.J. anytime they feel like they want to bulk up the charge sheet.  However, a lie does NOT amount to a false official statement, unless it is actually “official.”  This is true even if the lie was […]

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Air Force slow to handle appeals for convicted airmen, officers

By Michael Doyle | McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON Timothy L. Merritt is waiting for final justice from the Air Force he once served. The former master sergeant is only one of dozens of convicted airmen and officers remain who are stuck in legal limbo, as the seemingly overwhelmed Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals struggles with mixed […]

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Ex-GI’s conviction spotlights sham marriages

Army Times October 24, 2012 By Joe Gould – Staff writer A former Kansas soldier entered into a sham marriage so he could get more pay and benefits, and make his Jamaican bride a legal immigrant. * * * U.S. District Judge Monti Belot said Priest had a “higher responsibility” than others since he had taken an […]

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Augusta lawyer represents service members charged with crime and misconduct

The Augusta Chronicle By Kyle Martin, Staff writer Crime and misconduct are growing symptoms of U.S. armed forces dealing with the strain of deployments and a decade of war, said an Augusta lawyer who practices military law. Also of concern are behavioral issues tied to post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, William Cassara said. […]

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Military officer found not guilty in civilian arrest case

CW4 Scott Godwin faced court-martial on charges of violating a lawful order, unlawfully apprehending and arresting a civilian and depriving the individual of his rights under the color of the law in the March 24, 2011, arrest of Vincent Sandifer. . . . Defense attorney Bill Cassara, however, argued that Sandifer was not credible and […]

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Military Court Acquits Soldier in OMSJ Case

17 May (Fort Bragg, NC) – After more than 200 days in custody, a US Army sergeant was released this week after a federal court acquitted him of four HIV-related criminal against him. If convicted, Sergeant TD faced 37 years in federal prison. Army investigators arrested Sgt. TD in 2011 after a former girlfriend accused him […]

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