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CCA ORAL ARGUMENTS
ACCA has one oral argument scheduled for 25 May 2021, the others do not have any scheduled.
United States v. Taylor. In this MJ/GP case, Appellant was sentenced to 60 days confinement, a dismissal, a forfeiture, and a reprimand (are we seeing quite a few AF cases with a reprimand?). He was convicted of five specifications of 133 and two of fraternization. Yes, another post-trial error case. Interestingly, the court also had this to say.
This case was docketed with this court on 4 November 2020, without an appellate defense counsel assigned. On 14 January 2021, this court sent a certified letter to Appellant advising him that his case was docketed with this court and informing him that he had 60 days to file a brief assigning any error pursuant to Rule 18(d) of the Joint Rules of Procedure for Courts of Criminal Appeals. JT. CT. CRIM. APP. R. 18(d). Appellant submitted no response. No appellate attorney has entered an appearance before this court on behalf of either Appellant or the Government.
The court also pointed out various errors and inconsistencies in the record itself.
The decision does not address the odd circumstances regarding the absence of appellate counsel. Perhaps they consider it mooted by their action on the case.
Remanded, and dismisses appellate jurisdiction. Judge Annexstad dissented.
United States v. Helpingstine. In this MJA NG case, Appellant was convicted of two specifications of sexually abusing a child and was sentenced to three years, a DD, reduction, and reprimand. On appeal, he challenged the factual sufficiency of the evidence. Affirmed.
In Re Anderson (appearing pro se). He was convicted in 2012 in a GP for attempted rape of a child, rape of a child, indecent liberties with a child, using indecent language, fraudulent enlistment, possession and distribution of CP, communicating a threat, and wearing unauthorized medals and badges. He was sentenced to 30 years, a DD, and a reduction.
Petitioner seeks extraordinary relief in the nature of a writ of habeas corpus, asserting that while in pretrial confinement he was subjected to unlawful pretrial punishment; that the military judge failed to properly inquire into the Article 13 waiver contained in his pretrial agreement, rendering his pleas improvident; and that his trial and appellate counsel were ineffective in failing to identify, advise him about, and litigate the issue.
After filing the instant petition the court said, "However, we will not summarily deny Petitioner’s habeas claims for lack of jurisdiction. Instead, in keeping with our reasoning in Jordan, we will evaluate Petitioner’s current pro se writ petition as “a coram nobis [‘before us’] claim.”
Having failed to satisfy at least three of the CM requirements the writ is denied.
Will he file a pro se writ appeal petition to CAAF? Is he doing this because he’s been told he must exhaust remedies in the military courts before filing for federal habeas corpus where he can argue his issues did not receive full and fair consideration in the military appellate courts?
United States v. Gonzalez. An MJA sentenced Appellant to 24 months, a BCD, and such. The case relates to alleged errors in the entry of judgment.
PENDING APPELLATE CASES
United States v. Morales-Sanchez. It appears the MJA convicted the Appellant of a “laundry list of charges including murder and assault.” He was sentenced to “nearly 40 years” confinement and a DD.
WORTH THE READ
he 18th Airborne Corps has directed that anyone found guilty of sexual assault or harassment will immediately begin the process for administrative separation, marking a significant departure from how assault and harassment are handled elsewhere in the Army.
More for those in the trenches, servicemembers First Amendment issues are becoming more frequent in the discipline process. As an example, Davis Winkie, Army major fights punishment for anti-transgender social media posts. Army Times, 12 May 2021.
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