The Mayer Law Blog

How will the USDB handle Chelsea?

Posted August 29th, 2013

What do you do if you are the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the place where Bradley Manning will, presumably, be incarcerated. Via Today. Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman…. Read More

Courts-Martial: Serious Business

Posted August 16th, 2013

Courts-martial are serious business. For that reason, you are not allowed to laugh about anything contained in the following excerpt from the Washington Post. FORT BRAGG, N.C. — It was an illicit and volatile love affair that spanned two war zones and four countries. The married general couldn’t stay away from a captain on his… Read More

Military-Only Crime of the Day

Posted August 9th, 2013

The last few weeks here have been decidedly unfunny (except in morbid ways). In order to be a bit trivial, I’ll share something that is only a crime in the military–just for you to think about. Article 84–Effecting unlawful enlistment, appointment, or separation. Any person subject to this chapter who effects an enlistment or appointment… Read More

Despite What Your Lawyer Said, It Follows You

Posted August 1st, 2013

In the military, there is a misconduct adjudication process called Nonjudicial Punishment (NJP, also called an Article 15 after the corresponding section of the UCMJ). Typically for lower-level misconduct, it is a way for a military commander to adjudicate and punish misconduct in an expeditious manner, short of court-martial. Possible punishments include a loss of… Read More