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Prosecutors headed to Afghanistan to interview witnesses in case of Green Beret who allegedly murdered Taliban bomb-maker
Prosecutors in the trial of former Special Forces soldier Maj. Matthew Golsteyn are going to Afghanistan to take depositions from four people involved in the 2010 killing of an unarmed local man named Rasoul. The goal of the trip is to determine whether Rasoul was an innocent farmer or a Taliban bomb-maker
Court withdraws controversial legal opinion that determined court-martialing military retirees was unconstitutional
The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals will reconsider the case of Stephen Begani, a retired Navy chief petty officer who faced a court-martial after leaving the military. The court also withdrew its July 31 opinion on court-martialing retirees, according to an Oct. 1 order
Soldier charged in summer vehicle rollover that killed West Point cadet and injured 21 others
One soldier has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and more in relation to a vehicle rollover that killed one West Point cadet and injured 21 other people
Green Beret charged with murdering suspected Taliban bomb-maker will finally get his day in court
Nearly a decade after he allegedly murdered an unarmed Afghan civilian during a 2010 deployment, the case of Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is finally going to trial
Marine disciplined for urging people who opposed tanks at Trump’s July 4th event to kill themselves
"Here's to any complaints about tanks and a [middle finger] to anyone who says anything about PTSD! Happy 4th. Blow your fingers off, get black out drunk, engage in risky behavior that offends snow flakes. If you die, then you didn't deserve to live! If you wine, hurry and become a '22' statistic today!"
Navy secretary expands JAG review ordered after the Gallagher fiasco to include Marine Corps
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer's move builds on a review of the Navy's legal system ordered by former Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson on Aug. 1 following the disastrous prosecution of Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Eddie Gallagher, who was acquitted of killing a wounded ISIS fighter but found guilty of posing for an unofficial picture with the man's corpse
A new legal opinion says military retirees can’t be court-martialed
A new legal opinion from the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals says court-martialing military retirees is unconstitutional — and the reason concerns the issue of retirement pay
A Navy SEAL and Marine Raider accused of murdering a Green Beret in Mali are due in court next week
The two special operators are accused of assaulting Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, who died as a result.
The Navy reportedly booted SEAL Team 7 out of Iraq after a senior enlisted platoon member allegedly raped a female service member
"Deterioration of good order and discipline" is an understatement
Army rejects Bowe Bergdahl’s appeal accusing Trump of unlawful command influence
An Army appeals court has rejected Bowe Bergdahl's claim that President Trump's public description of him as "a no-good traitor who should have been executed" and other comments on the disgraced soldier's case constituted unlawful command influence (UCI)
Military court upholds 10-year prison term for ex-Parris Island drill instructor who abused Muslim recruits
A military court denied the appeal of a former Parris Island drill instructor sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing three Muslim recruits, including Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, who died during boot camp in 2016
Navy prosecutors are weighing perjury charges against their own witness for claiming he, not Gallagher, murdered an ISIS prisoner
Navy prosecutors are considering perjury charges for a prosecution witness who confessed to killing the prisoner of war Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher is accused of murdering in shocking testimony last week
Lawmakers just took a major step towards taking military sex assault cases outside the chain of command
Rep. Jackie Speier, chairwoman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, pushed through a four-year program that would require the commandants of the service academies to follow the recommendation of an independent prosecutor in cases of sexual assault
Marine Raider gets 4 years for Green Beret’s hazing death in Mali
Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr. plead guilty at general court-martial on Thursday to negligent homicide and related offenses as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors in connection with the June 2017 hazing death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali
Judges overturn West Point cadet’s rape conviction, say they can’t prove it was not consensual
""[T]o be convinced of [his] guilt, we would have to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that the sexual acts could plausibly occur...without active cooperation from both parties."
Navy SEAL accused of war crimes released from pretrial custody ahead of court-martial
Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher has been released from pretrial custody ahead of his court-martial on charges for allegedly killing a wounded ISIS fighter and other offenses.
Rep. Duncan Hunter likely won’t face charges after claiming he took photos with enemy corpses downrange
Rep. Duncan Hunter's claim that he posed for a photo with a dead enemy combatant while serving as a Marine Corps officer will probably not expose him to any charges under military or federal criminal law,
Supreme Court refuses to hear yet another challenge to the controversial Feres Doctrine on military medical malpractice
The Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to hear a wrongful death case involving the controversial Feres Doctrine; a major blow to advocates seeking to undo the 69-year-old legal rule.
‘I am so very sorry that your family will now have to hurt in a similar way as I have,’ Green Beret’s widow tells Navy SEAL who helped kill her husband
"The important thing to me is that you are no longer in a position to ever do this to another service member and that you are no longer wearing the Trident that so many others wear honorably and with pride," Michelle Melgar said.
‘You are a disgrace to your Purple Heart’ — Green Beret’s mother rejects Navy SEAL’s apology for killing her son
Chief Special Operator Adam Matthews apologized to the family of a Green Beret who died during a hazing incident in Mali on Thursday
Sexual assaults in the military are on the rise. This bill would authorize Congress to intervene
Congress could intervene in legal cases on behalf of military members who have been sexually assaulted under a new bill co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Brian Mast.
Navy prosecutor accused of trying to spy on defense attorneys for two Navy SEALs
"They did a warrantless search of a defense attorney's email less than three weeks before trial is supposed to start."
2 soldiers were dropped a rank for ‘bullying’ after they catfished another soldier and shared their nude photos with their unit
The unit's newsletter said they were punished for "bullying."
The US military doesn’t follow its own rules when investigating domestic violence on bases
An analysis of more than 200 cases of domestic violence at eight military installations has determined that commanders and law enforcement personnel are not following their own rules when investigating and handling these cases and their victims.
Leaders warned Navy SEALs that reporting alleged war crimes could cost them their careers
Seven Navy SEALs were warned that reporting the alleged war crimes of their teammates and calling for a formal investigation could jeopardize their careers, a Navy criminal investigation report revealed