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No. 20-0358/AR. U.S. v. Carlos Muniz, Jr. CCA 20200092. On consideration of Appellant's petition for reconsideration and on further consideration of the granted issue, 80 M.J. 401 (C.A.A.F. 2020), we conclude that because Appellant was found guilty of at least one offense that occurred prior to January 1, 2019, the convening authority erred in taking "no action" on the sentence. However, because the charges were referred in this case after January 1, 2019, this error was procedural, and the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals had jurisdiction to review Appellant's case. See United States v. Brubaker-Escobar, 81 M.J. __ (C.A.A.F. Sept. 7, 2021). Having reviewed the record of trial, we determine that the procedural error did not materially prejudice a substantial right. Accordingly, it is ordered that the petition for reconsideration is granted, that the Order in this case of June 29, 201 is vacated, and the judgment of the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals is affirmed.
Comment: Whatever your views may be about a 4-judge court voting on petition grants, surely a summary disposition without a full court should provoke some skepticism. While short, this is a granted case with a reasoned decision and a judgment. Why are senior judges not being brought back to vote on these?
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