James Weirick

James W. Weirick

James W. Weirick is a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and Judge Advocate. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and Seton Hall University School of Law.

Recent articles from James W. Weirick

Left: James Cartwright; Right: Chelsea Manning.
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Why Are People Maddened By Manning And Not Cartwright?
Former president Barack Obama recently excused Chelsea Manning and James Cartwright for disclosing U.S. secrets and the reactions have been strikingly different.
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A Recent Air Force Sexual Assault Case Displays The Cascading Problems With Military Justice
The sexual-assault trial of Senior Airman Wright revealed a number of nagging problems with the military-justice system.
U.S. Marines conduct combat operations behind a wall of smoke in this undated file photo from the War in Iraq.
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Who Burned Iraqi Bodies And Why?
In January 2014, TMZ released photos of Marines allegedly burning bodies in Iraq. What happened to the investigation?
U.S. Air Force Maj. Sam Kidd, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing staff judge advocate, presents opening arguments to a panel during a mock jury trial at the Rock Theater May 14, 2014.
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The Real Cost Of Having Commanders In Charge Of Military Justice
A bad decision by a commander with no expertise in military justice caused a sexual-assault conviction to be overturned.
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Career
In Military Service And Business, Integrity Is Key
Integrity means more than admitting a mistake — it means doing the right thing when nobody's watching.
Time to pay up
Military Benefits
How Service Members Can Handle Their Financial Debt Head On
Many service members amass too much debt at some point in their career. This new book evens the playing field with debt collectors.
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Community
Veterans Deserve Accurate And Lawful Guidance On The Use Of Medical Marijuana
Veterans suffering from PTSD and other medical conditions deserve clear advice from the government on the legality of medical marijuana use.
Then Gen. Roger A. Brady gives farewell remarks at a change of command ceremony, December 2010.
Community
Yet Another General Is Wrong About Troops’ Right To Talk To Congress
Retired Air Force Gen. Roger Brady maintains that it is a crime for airmen to communicate directly with Congress. He’s wrong.
Volumes of “Court-Martial Reports” line the bookshelf located in the courtroom.
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What A Marine Fined $10 In The Shooting Of A Corpsman Says About Military Justice
Despite assurances by senior officers, military commanders are not held accountable for failing to create a culture of justice.
U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer, salutes Air Combat Command Airmen during ACC’s change of command ceremony at Langley Air Force Base, Nov. 4, 2014.
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The Air Force’s Double Standard On Free Speech
Freedom of expression cannot be a one-way street.
An office building occupied by the technology firm Palantir in McLean, Virginia on October 11, 2014.
Career
The Technology Company Fighting Terrorism With Millennials
Palantir Technologies is a Silicon Valley company solving the information needs of the U.S. government.
President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Capt. William D. Swenson during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 2013.
Community
The Terrible Timing Behind The Army’s Bergdahl Announcement On National Medal Of Honor Day
March 25 should forever be reserved for honoring the brave recipients of the Medal of Honor and nothing more.
U.S. navy officer Michael "Vannak Khem" Misiewicz becomes emotional as he embraces his aunt at Cambodian coastal international sea port, Dec. 3, 2010. Misiewicz passed confidential information on ship routes to Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis' Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd.
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The Cash, Bribery, And Prostitution Scandal That Continues To Haunt The Navy
The Navy’s claim that it has held senior officers accountable for misconduct in the “Fat Leonard” bribery scandal does not withstand scrutiny.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T.  Odierno testifies before the House Armed Services Committee at Capitol Hill Nov. 2, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The Services Chiefs addressed congress about the effects budgetary cuts will have on the military and its capabilities. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/ Released)
Community
The Military Doesn’t Always Want Jurisdiction When Prosecuting Service Members
The military’s claim that it needs criminal jurisdiction doesn’t stand up to the reality of all the times it’s avoided it.
Then-Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of U.S. and ISAF forces in Afghanistan, with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.
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David Petraeus And The Glaring Problem With His Plea Deal
David Petraeus knowingly lied to FBI special agents to protect himself, but everyone seems to have forgotten that.
Former Commander International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan Gen. John R. Allen, U.S. Marine Corps, briefs the press in the Pentagon on March 26, 2012.
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We Need To Figure Out Who’s In Charge Of The War Against ISIS
The appointment of former Marine Gen. John Allen as special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS is contributing to a disjointed military command.