So much attention has been paid to the matter of whether or not detainees at Guantanamo Bay should be released and allowed to return to their home countries, but little has been paid to American warfighters wrongly convicted in the military justice system. Wrongly-convicted Americans deserve at least as much attention as GITMO detainees, don’t they? If you find yourself in a situation where you’ve been wrongly convicted consider conversing with a criminal lawyer to better understand your legal options. Keep reading!
EXAMPLE: Two years ago this week, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces denied former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart‘s appeal of the wrongful conviction and eight-year prison sentence handed down by a court-martial panel in Germany almost 39 months earlier.
The CAAF decision came almost four months after the Army Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed Stewart’s conviction and sentence. His sentence was announced in August 2009 at the end of a two-day fiasco of a military trial during which Stewart was found guilty of a handful of sexual assault charges after a German woman alleged she had been raped and kidnapped by the Soldier. During a post-trial Article 39A hearing, witnesses testified before the court that she had lied on several occasions during the trial, but the testimony fell of deaf — and politically-correct — ears.
Now, unless the highly-decorated combat veteran receives a presidential pardon, he will likely have to wear the “sex offender” label for the rest of his life.
After I offered an in-depth look at this example of military justice run amok In my October 2011 nonfiction book, Three Days In August, New York Times best-selling author Richard Miniter read the book and described it as painting “a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.”
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