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Posted November 4th, 2016

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Good Results for Good People

Posted July 9th, 2015

Here at The Mayer Group, we celebrate when good news arrives for good people/veterans. That happened recently. We are proud to be able to help our client and their family. Always a pleasure for a military lawyer and staff.

Working With the Best

Posted September 11th, 2014

A tad over 20 years ago, one of my most valued mentors told me that the secret to both happiness and success is to surround yourself with talented, quality people. In assembling the team at The Mayer Group, I’ve endeavored to do just that. In assembling my team, the first person I hired was Amy… Read More

Military Sexual Assault (Article 120)

Posted May 9th, 2013

Sexual assault in the military is a regularly-evolving set of laws. Prior to 2007, the laws remained relatively unchanged, but victim-advocacy groups and lawmakers updated Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice to reflect current perceptions of the crimes and victim rights. As a result, the laws make it tougher to fight allegations… Read More

Fighting later is harder than fighting now

Posted March 23rd, 2013

Often, I receive calls from individuals seeking to appeal discharges, courts-martial, nonjudicial punishment, and other adverse actions. Let me be perfectly clear. It is always harder to appeal something. The earlier you are in the process, the better your chances of winning. Here is an example. Private Claude is caught using his roommate’s ATM card… Read More

Can a General Do This?

Posted March 12th, 2013

Straight from the Stars and Stripes (a news source that focuses on the Armed Forces): The fighter pilot freed from jail and reinstated into the Air Force last month after a lieutenant general set aside his sexual-assault conviction was taken off a promotion list, the Air Force said, making it unlikely he will move up… Read More

Hasan Court-Martial Verdict (Sort of)

Posted August 6th, 2012

Major Nidal Hasan has been found guilty–of contempt. It seems that Hasan, for religious reasons, chooses to sport an impressive (by some standards) beard, and the┬ámilitary judge in his court-martial is none too happy about it. To date, Colonel Gregory Gross has held Hasan in contempt of court and excluded him from a few pretrial… Read More

Court-Martial News – June 2012

Posted June 26th, 2012

Far too often, courts-martial end badly for the service member involved. Even cases that end well normally leave the accused worse than they were before the preferral of court-martial charges. Recently, we received news that one of our past court-martial cases ended extremely well for the young man accused of crimes. Three years ago, he… Read More

After the Court-Martial

Posted May 10th, 2012

For individuals convicted at court-martial, the long-term effects can be onerous. While jail is a short-term possibility, most servicemembers convicted at court-martial suffer through long-term stigma caused by the process. 1. The Discharge A court-martial usually may impose a punitive discharge. There are two of these: Bad-Conduct Discharge and Dishonorable Discharge. While there are differences… Read More

Spicy or Regular

Posted April 18th, 2012

During the past 2 years, the military has moved quickly to address the use of spice (synthetic marijuana, K2) among servicemembers. Depending on the circumstances, you could find yourself subject to a court-martial, nonjudicial punishment, or administrative separation if you are caught or confess to using spice. Remember a few key points: Never forget that… Read More