Military Law

613 ABA Journal articles on Military Law.

Arrests are a possibility for 2 defense lawyers who quit USS Cole case over classified issue
A Guantanamo judge has ordered prosecutors to draft writs of attachment for two civilian defense lawyers who quit the USS Cole terrorism case over a classified issue involving compromised attorney-client privilege.
Navy plans to seek negligent homicide and other charges in fatal ship collisions

The U.S. Navy plans to seek charges against five officers involved in two ship collisions that killed 17 sailors last year.

Charges being sought include negligent homicide, dereliction of duty,…

4th Circuit refuses to stop admission of transgender people in the military starting Jan. 1

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused the government’s request for a partial stay that would stop the admission of transgender recruits to the military starting…

Judge refuses to delay order requiring military to start accepting transgender recruits
The U.S. Justice Department says it is evaluating its next steps after a federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday refused to delay her order for the military to start accepting transgender recruits Jan. 1.
After judge demands answers, US discloses American ISIS suspect in Iraq asked FBI for lawyer

The Justice Department has revealed that an American suspect being held in Iraq as an ISIS suspect told FBI special agents he wanted a lawyer, and was informed it was…

Federal judge blocks ban on sex reassignment surgeries for service members

A federal judge in Maryland has issued a preliminary injunction that blocks the Trump administration from banning transgender people from serving in the military.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis of…

Law designed to prevent domestic abusers from buying guns, but national database not always updated

Many mass shooters and other violent criminals have had little problem buying guns despite past legal run-ins for domestic abuse.

A federal law known as the Lautenberg Amendment, passed in…

Pentagon defers contempt sentence of chief defense counsel in Guantanamo defense ‘revolt’

A Pentagon official has deferred the contempt-of-court sentence of Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, the lead defense counsel in the case of a Guantanamo Bay detainee that caused a revolt…

Bowe Bergdahl won’t serve prison time for deserting post before capture by Taliban
Updated: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl won’t serve any time in prison for the desertion that led to his capture by the Taliban in 2009 and search efforts in which some service members were wounded.
Chief defense lawyer for Gitmo military commissions is sentenced for contempt

A Guantanamo judge has imposed a contempt sentence of 21 days’ confinement on the Marine general who is chief defense counsel for the military commissions there.

The judge, Air Force…

Gitmo lawyers’ resignation over classified issue is part of defense ‘revolt’ in USS Cole case

Three civilian lawyers have quit their defense of the man accused of orchestrating the al-Qaida attack on the USS Cole, part of a “defense revolt” in the case, according to…

Trump’s criticism of Bergdahl will be considered as mitigation evidence in sentencing, judge says

A military judge who will sentence Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for desertion says he will consider critical comments by President Donald Trump as weighing in favor of a lighter sentence.

The…

Federal judge bars enforcement of plan to ban transgender people in the military

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has issued a preliminary injunction that bans the Trump administration from implementing plans to ban transgender people in the military.

U.S. District Judge Colleen…

Released from Taliban in prisoner exchange, Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior on Monday for leaving his Army base in Afghanistan before his capture by the Taliban.

Bergdahl pleaded guilty before a military…

Mattis to keep policy on transgender troops in place pending study on how to implement Trump’s ban

Defense Secretary James Mattis announced Tuesday that he will keep in place the current policy allowing transgender people in the military to continue to serve while a new expert panel…

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