The Court-Martial Process

In this post, I discuss the entire court-martial process, from preliminary investigation, through the trial, all the way to sentencing. 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 Read more…

Unlawful Command Influence

In this post, I discuss unlawful command influence and the issue it poses for the military justice system. 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 Read more…

The Military Court System

In this post, I provide an overview of the unique characteristics of the military court system, including its trial and appellate courts. 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. Read more…