Tag Archives: Military Law

In the News: Judge Advocate helps build Afghan judicial system

Lending a hand: Carterville man helps Afghan officials learn system By Scott Fitzgerald, The Southern Illinoisan CARBONDALE — U.S. Navy reservist Jonathan Mitchell of Carterville recently completed nearly a year’s tour of duty in Afghanistan, earning a Meritorious Service Medal for his work. “I was assigned as legal mentor to judges and prosecutors as part of the training mission so Afghanistan could police …

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Accountability Actions in Sexual Assault Cases

By Rear Adm. Sean Buck, Director, 21st Century Sailor Office Several national papers ran a wire service article this weekend that analyzed sex crimes reported in Japan between 2005 and early 2013.  The article made it clear that military leaders recognize that sexual assault is a crime that destroys trust, divides teams and degrades the military’s operational effectiveness.  Unfortunately, the article provides …

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Changes to Article 32 Hearings and other victims’ rights: What you need to know

By Rear Adm. Sean Buck, Director, 21st Century Sailor Office If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know my role as Director of the 21st Century Sailor Office includes responsibility for the sexual assault prevention and response program for our Navy. I want to share with you some recent key improvements to our military justice system – changes which make it safer …

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New Law Brings Changes to Uniform Code of Military Justice

By David Vergun, Army News Service The National Defense Authorization Act passed last month requires sweeping changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, particularly in cases of rape and sexual assault. “These are the most changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial that we’ve seen since a full committee studied it decades ago,” said Lt. Col. John L. Kiel Jr., …

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Navy Attorneys Attend Victims’ Legal Counsel Training

By Cmdr. Jeffrey W. McCray, Victims’ Legal Counsel, Naval Air Station Oceana The first group of Navy Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) attended the Air Force’s Special Victims’ Counsel Course at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., Oct. 15-18. Throughout the week students received training in effective victim interaction, policies and procedures related to …

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What’s in an OJAG Code?

Appellate Government By Lt. Lindsay Geiselman, Appellate Government (Code 46) If you want a bird’s eye view of the trial process, a tour in an appellate code at Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity (NAMARA) is a must.  The intricacies of litigation are not truly appreciated until you have sifted through a record of trial while researching an appellate issue.   Appellate …

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