Thanks to experience, equipment and training, American Soldiers have an advantage over their enemies when it comes time to fight a war. When it comes to fighting sexual offense charges, however, some Soldiers are at a distinct disadvantage. Why? Because they find themselves stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., where, during the first six months of 2015, prosecutors at the home of the vaunted 101st Airborne Division logged a conviction rate 16.5 percent higher than the Army average in cases that went to trial and involved at least one allegation of a sexual offense.
From Jan. 1-June 30, 2015, according to Army statistics republished in Army Times and Military Times but seemingly impossible to find on the Army website, Fort Campbell prosecutors had a conviction rate of 88.8 percent when prosecuting cases that went to trial and involved at least one allegation of a sexual offense. During the same time period, Army prosecutors worldwide garnered convictions in only 72.3 percent of similar cases.
Though I thought about asking a civilian defense attorney who represents Soldiers at Fort Campbell if the huge difference in conviction rates might form a solid basis for a Soldier to appeal his conviction on this types of charge, I decided doing so might be a waste of my time. After all, any good defense attorney is going to say it would. At the same time, he would remain up against a formidable military justice machine that’s under political pressure from liberal politicos and war-on-women activists hungry to apply their brand of political correctness to — and thereby weaken — our nation’s military.
Most likely to be hurt by this huge disparity in military justice outcomes are people like Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin, a 29-year military veteran who stands accused of bogus sexual assault allegations and is set to go on trial Dec. 1 at Fort Campbell. To learn more about his case, read these articles.
UPDATE 12/7/2015 at 8:19 a.m. Central: A military judge continued the military trial date for Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin to sometime in March 2016, though no specific date has been set.
UPDATE 12/10/2015 at 11:13 a.m. Central: I’ve learned that Major Martin’s military trial date is set for March 14-18, 2016.
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