Military Crimes

Photo by Tommy Japan is licensed under CC 2.0. The United States military has its own military justice system with its own unique criminal code. In this post, I will provide a very broad overview of military crimes as provided in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), including the theories of liability for military Read more…

The Court-Martial Process

Photo by The National Guard is licensed under CC 2.0.  The court-martial process is governed by stringent rules that must be carefully followed. Processes are in place to ensure that the rights of the accused are properly protected, and so failure to adhere to these safeguards can have significant adverse consequences. Beginning the Court-Martial Read more…

Unlawful Command Influence

Photo by Cliff is licensed under CC 2.0.  Because of the tremendous amount of influence commanders wield within the military, creating a fair system of courts-martial would be impossible without carefully crafted rules prohibiting unlawful command influence over the judicial process. Since everyone involved with a court martial is usually a member Read more…

The Military Court System

Photo by The National Guard is licensed under CC 2.0.  The Uniform Code of Military Justice, passed by Congress in 1951, is the statutory foundation for our modern military court system. Along with the Manual for Courts-Martial—the President’s executive order that provides instruction for properly implementing the requirements of the UCMJ—the UCMJ provides Read more…