Sunday, May 10, 2009

This week in military justice -- 10 May 2009 edition

This week at the Supreme Court: Two military cert petitions have been circulated for Thursday's conference: Burton v. United States, No. 08-1270, and the pro se IFP cert petition in Brown v. United States, No. 08-9714. Both will almost certainly result in denial of cert.

This week at CAAF: CAAF has no oral arguments scheduled for this week.

This week at the CCAs: ACCA will hear oral argument on Thursday in United States v. Goodwin, No. 20011125. Here are the two assignments of error being argued: "I. Appellant's trial defense counsel was ineffective when he informed the members during his opening statement that the crimes occurred because appellant was desperate for money, he failed to cross examine government witnesses, and he conceded appellants actions were 'misleading' in his closing argument. II. It took the government from 7 April 2006 to 19 December 2007 to conduct and prepare the record for appellant's Dubay hearing, and this dilatory delay warrants relief."

This week at the trial level: The penalty phase will start on Monday in the capital MEJA prosecution of United States v. Green in U.S. district court in Kentucky.

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