Monday, February 05, 2007

The post-trial delay fairy

In November, my daughter lost her first baby tooth. This immediately raised a question: what's the going rate for a tooth? It would certainly seem odd if the sum the tooth fairy left for my daughter's teeth was widely disparate from what her kindergarten classmates raked in for their surplus incisors. (By the way, in Anne Arundel County a tooth is worth $1.50.)

Now here's a question for CCA judges: what's the going rate for 143 days of pre-Moreno delay? A new CGCCA case finds "excessive and unreasonable" post-trial delay where the CA acted 143 days after trial. United States v. Lind, __ M.J. ___, No. 1228 (C.G. Ct. Crim. App. 31 Jan. 2007). As a result of this delay, as well as post-trial IAC, the Coast Guard Court set aside the bust from E-3 to E-1, four months of confinement, and four months of forfeitures. Is the Coast Guard post-trial delay fairy leaving more under the pillow than the Navy-Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force fairies?

--Dwight Sullivan

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