December 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Nigerian court martial sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, their lawyer, Nigerian human rights activist Femi Falana, stated on Thursday. The soldiers were found guilty of mutiny while fighting the insurgent Boko Haram Islamist group, in which the soldiers refused to assist in recapturing ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by Michael Finley
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Bracknell, a career Marine officer, continues his discussion on ways to reform the military judicial system...This is the second of a two part series on transparency in military court-martial and attorney/judicial misconduct investigation records. Part I presents the ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A nurse who refused to force feed hunger strikers at the Guantanamo detention center will not be court-martialed. Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, the nurse's commander, chose not to court-martial but recommended that the officer be required to show cause for retention in the Navy. A board will ...[read more]
August 24, 2013
by Blake Lynch
A jury of six military personnel on Friday ruled Staff Sergeant Robert Bales would receive life in prison without parole for killing 16 Afghan civilians. The panel deliberated for less than two hours. The commanding general overseeing the court-martial still has the option to reduce the sentence ...[read more]
June 6, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians on Wednesday in order to comply with a plea deal and avoid the death penalty. Bales admitted to leaving his post last March in the Kandahar province in order seek out and murder civilians. Bales read the ...[read more]
April 18, 2013
by Keith Herting
The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Wednesday rejected a request by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) to have access to court documents from the case against Bradley Manning. CCR had filed a lawsuit seeking extraordinary relief by opening "public and press access to the ...[read more]
March 22, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 22, 2006, British judge advocate John Bayliss ruled that Royal Air Force Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, who challenged the legality of the Iraq War, had to face a court martial on five charges of failing to comply with a lawful order. Kendall-Smith had served with the British forces in ...[read more]
November 14, 2012
by Keith Herting
US military prosecutors on Tuesday urged the death penalty for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales who is accused of having murdered 16 Afghan civilians in a late-night rampage in March. After a week long investigatory hearing under Article 32, prosecutor Maj. Rob Stelle urged the presiding officer to ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Zachariah Rivenbark
A Judge Advocate General for the Military Court Centre in Bulford ruled Wednesday that five UK Royal Marines charged with murder are to remain anonymous throughout their court martial. The five are charged with killing a wounded Taliban fighter, who appeared in a video that features marines ...[read more]
August 17, 2012
by Jordan Barry
JURIST Guest Columnist Philip D. Cave, a solo practitioner at the The Law Offices of Philip D. Cave, argues that the lack of transparency in the WikiLeaks court-martial case undermines the reliability of the verdict...Have US military courts achieved the same level of transparency we have come to ...[read more]

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