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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has expanded a review of the Judge Advocate General Corps to include the Marine Corps, a Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
"There is value in applying this review and its subsequent recommendations across the Department of the Navy," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey told Task & Purpose. "The review's purpose is to confirm the uniformed legal community is structurally and organizationally sound and best supporting the good order and discipline our integrated naval force."
SAN DIEGO — A former attorney for a San Diego-based Navy SEAL acquitted of war crimes is trying to force his former client into arbitration to get paid, according to a complaint obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
In the complaint, Texas-based attorney Colby Vokey says Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Eddie Gallagher is in breach of a contract he signed in October and Vokey is seeking $200,000 to $1 million in damages. In that contract, also obtained by the Union-Tribune as part of the complaint, Gallagher apparently agreed to go into arbitration should any attorney-client disputes emerge.
Gallagher signed the document Oct. 11.
"In an effort to move the [Region Legal Service Office Southwest] Trial Department forward, Capt. Jennie Goldsmith, the new commanding officer, has reassigned the previous Senior Trial Counsel, Cmdr. Chris Czaplak to Code 67 (Technology, Operations, and Plans)," Cmdr. Jereal Dorsey, a Navy spokesman, said in a statement to Task & Purpose.
"The role of Senior Trial Counsel at RLSO SW will now be filled by Cmdr. Phil Hamon," Dorsey added.
Admiral that oversaw Eddie Gallagher prosecution implicated in ‘Fat Leonard’ probe, Navy documents indicate
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Redacted Navy documents and the command history of Navy Region Southwest Commander Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar indicate she was investigated in connection with the so-called "Fat Leonard" scandal and had received gifts from the contractor in 1998.
A female officer on-board the salvage ship Salvor accepted gifts in the form of a hotel room, dinner, drinks, entertainment and a golf outing in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, in August 1998, according to a memo signed by Adm. Philip S. Davidson in July 2017.
Although her name was redacted from the documents, Bolivar, a Navy deep sea diver, was the commanding officer of the Salvor in 1998 when the offenses occurred. A lieutenant commander at the time, Bolivar was in charge of the ship from January 1998 through January 2000, Navy records show.
Typically this class of ship carried six officers. Few officers fit the description Davidson provides in his memo.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will now make all decisions regarding sentencing for Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Eddie Gallagher, who was found not guilty of killing a wounded ISIS fighter but convicted of posing with the fighter's corpse, the Navy announced on Saturday.
"Richardson, in accordance with the Manual for Courts Martial, withheld Navy Region Southwest's authority to take any action in the Gallagher court-martial Saturday, Aug. 3," a Navy statement says. "He will assume responsibility for any disposition action in the trial. Any previous post-trial action has been rescinded."
President Donald Trump is ordering the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations to rescind awards given to prosecutors who were "ridiculously" awarded Navy Achievement Medals after losing the case against former SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher, he said in a tweet on Wednesday.