Monday, December 01, 2008

Court-Martial News

A round up of court-martial news since the Thanksgiving holiday:

From a JMTC press release, here: On Nov. 21, 2008, Brig. Gen. David R. Hogg, the Commanding General of the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, referred charges to general courts-martial against Sgt. Michael P. Leahy, Jr., 26, a soldier formerly assigned to 1st Batt., 18th Inf. Regt. in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Ed. note: We still don;t know if the referral was capital. Email any insight on this or other news to or

The Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez capital court-martial will wrap-up witness testimony tomorrow, reports the Fayetteville Observer here. Today attorneys discussed members' instructions, woo hoo. That means closing arguments can be expected this week unless the judge defers arguments in light of the looming pause in the proceedings--while COL Henley (the military judge) presides over a hearing for one of the accused 9-11 hijackers, as we reported here and here.

The Art. 32 hearing for Chief James Necaise ended a few weeks ago according to the Navy Times, here. No word yet on charges in the incident involving alleged maltreatment of detainees at Camp Bucca, Iraq. Several others have entered pleas, according to the story, to lesser charges at special courts-martial. Charges for Necaise reportedly include, "conspiracy, cruelty and maltreatment and making false official statements."


Dew_Process said...

It would be strategically dumb for the government to have referred this as capital - Leahy waived his Art. 32, so perhaps there was the "tit-for-tat" agreement, waive the 32 for no capital referral. Otherwise, you're looking at IAC out the proverbial ying-yang here, and there would be no smart reason for the gov't to allow that even IF the Accused wanted to waive it.

Has the earmarkings of a PTA in the works....

Dew_Process said...

I just "googled" Leahy - the absence of any information as to whether or not it's capital is strange - but, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph P. Mayo's Article 32, Investigation starts tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see if Leahy "shows up" for that.