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A Good Week or so, a snapshot in time at the turn of the decade

So: (1) charges dismissed against a senior enlisted person for allegedly molesting his daughter, (2) charges dismissed against a senior enlisted accused of various sexual assaults against other males (we had put a lot of work into identifying a "motive to lie" or what psychologists will refer to as a secondary gain), (3) child physical assault case against a senior officer resolved through counseling (we had an excellent case of reasonable parental discipline and self-defense, (4) charges of child sexual assault dismissed against a senior officer (the prosecution could not comply with our pretrial motion for a Bill of Particulars).

The Perp-Walk as UCI

A client's trial ended with a mixed result. The client was arrested for sexual and physical assault. He was then paraded in front of his battalion--The Perp Walk. After the police drove off with the client, the commander made various comments about him that became an unlawful command influence (U.C.I.) and Article 13 motion. The military judge found U.C.I. However, instead of dismissing the charges, he denied prosecution cross-examination of our sentencing witnesses and prohibited any witnesses from the prosecution.

I'm seeing more of these "perp walk" scenarios lately--I'm wondering if this is part of the response to the politics of military sexual offense cases. Commands seem to think this is good messaging without thinking of the consequences.

  • A military accused has the presumption of innocence despite command and legislative efforts to override that. Public shaming before trial contradicts some well-founded historical legal principles in a democratic society.
  • The possibility exists that defense witnesses will be intimidated, which could be obstructing justice, an offense punishable under Article 134, UCMJ.
  • Risks dismissal of charges, or as in our case, limitations on the prosecution.
  • Command shows an unwillingness to assure a fair trial and due process, something that military members regularly take oaths to support and defend.
Another Fraudulent Receipt of B.A.H. Case

The client was accused of obtaining $235,000.00 in unauthorized B.A.H. payments. Eventually, the case was tried at a special court-martial where the client was sentenced to 179 days confinement, a reduction from E-7 to E-4, and an L.O.R. This means that it is possible, not guaranteed, that the client may retire from active duty. If retired, he will be paid at the E-4 grade because 10 U.S.C. 1407(f) makes it so. The statute requires that a person reduced at a court-martial or Article 15 be considered a "last paycheck" retiree, not a "last three."

Sometimes, a P.T.A. is the Best Resolution

About two years ago, the client was arrested by civilian police for sexual abuse of several minors and is pending prosecution for those offenses. While this was happening, the MCIO began an investigation, and the client was charged with offenses against a victim on base in a different state. They interrogated the client and obtained admissions, which we unsuccessfully challenged at trial. The admissions came after the client had passed a polygraph on whether there had been penetration of a victim. The MCIO agent lied to the challenge and did not tell him he was nondeceptive. The agent testified at trial that they always tell a suspect they failed if they did, but that if they pass or are inconclusive, they don't tell them that and imply a failure as an investigative tool. With that done, a guilty plea was entered to some of the allegations for which the maximum potential sentence was 120 years confinement. The judge imposed 13 years of confinement. The client remains confined on state charges, and we hope the civilians will drop them.

A Meaningful Mixed Result

Litigate to mitigate; when the government declines an alternate disposition and wants a plea agreement instead, litigating the case may be a better course. I want to emphasize that while this is a good strategy, it's not always the right one. There are some cases where damage control needs to be done through a pretrial agreement (plea bargain).

A senior officer client was charged with physical assault of a child under 16, physical assault and battery, and some false statements. Before trial, the charge of false statements was dismissed. We began a jury trial with a theory that the allegations didn't happen or were exaggerated. We cross-examined the witnesses, including several experts. At the close of the prosecution case, the judge granted a motion for a finding of not guilty to three of eight specifications. We then presented a defense case with witnesses and some additional medical records. The judge gave the standard jury instructions, including the affirmative defense of lawful parental discipline. The jury found the client guilty of only one specification. When it came to sentencing, the jury sentenced the client to "No Punishment," an odd but authorized punishment in military cases. Generally, I view this as the lifelong fact of a federal conviction as being enough.

A Group Sexual Assault Case Fizzles-42 Months After the Alleged Misconduct

In late summer 2014, the client was accused with another of conspiring to commit sexual assaults on a single complaining witness. The events were alleged to have happened at a party at a local hotel. The investigation lead to six others being implicated.

My client and his alleged co-conspirator had charges preferred in January 2016, and in April, they were arraigned at a general court-martial.

As our investigation and preparation progressed, we were able to develop a motive to fabricate a false allegation of sexual assault.

Text messages, photos, and videos often play a part in military sexual assault cases. Therefore, it's essential to get all that evidence as soon as possible. Keep in mind that law enforcement and prosecutors often cherry-pick their way through this potential evidence for what helps a prosecution. In our investigation, we found documentary evidence, independent witnesses, a few texts not gathered by law enforcement, and a video of the relevant times at the hotel (I give law enforcement credit here for getting all the hotel videos available). We found the video and a couple of text messages that helped support our case.

As time passed, the six other cases were being processed through administrative actions for collateral allegations.

The client ended up pleading guilty to violating a no-alcohol order, lying to investigators (when he denied drinking and having sex), having a ménage à trois (sexual conduct by having sex in the presence of another), and an assault and battery.

The client was sentenced to a bad conduct discharge and four months confinement—42 months after the alleged offenses and through most of his enlistment.

More information here.

Nullification and 'Litigate-2-Mitigate'

I have mentioned before how in 2000 I coined the phrase 'litigate to mitigate' for cases where the prosecution is unwilling to negotiate a reasonable pretrial agreement offer or alternative resolution of charges. A litigate-2-mitigate case also has an element of jury nullification at times. B.A.H./entitlements fraud cases often fall in the litigate-2-mitigate category. So here is what happened recently in a case.

The client was accused of stealing almost $50K in B.A.H. monies, along with failing to support the dependents, lying to investigators, and various other military-related offenses. The money was paid back. The defense was crafted around the affirmative defense of an Honest Mistake and an Honest and Reasonable Mistake as to some of the other allegations. After the findings were in, the client was found guilty of the B.A.H. fraud and some of the lies to investigators in a military judge-alone trial. However, the value of litigating the case became apparent in the sentence: 45 days of confinement and a reduction in grade from E-6 to E-4. The benefit to the client is that no punitive discharge was given. Thus, this retirement-eligible client has a chance to retire. (Note, by statute, any retirement grade and pay will be based on the rank at retirement and the amount of the last paycheck.) We have also recently negotiated a special court-martial for an N.C.O. also accused of B.A.H. fraud and a GOMOR for another N.C.O. (Note: these results are not always possible in every B.A.H. or travel fraud case; every case has different facts, which can mean a different result.)

Another Vindictive Soon-be Ex-Spouse Who Lost Custody of the Children

Twenty-one months ago, the client was accused of spousal rape and rape of an ex-spouse. The investigation went on for months until late last year when charges were preferred. We went to Article 32 and prepared to demonstrate the allegations were false. As expected, the prosecution turned up with statements, but the complaining witnesses refused to testify. By this time, the client was divorced, and the judge had awarded custody of the children to him with a requirement that the ex-spouse provide child support. The hearing officer produced a detailed, devastating explanation of why the prosecution had failed to show probable cause and why the charges should not be referred to trial. Recently, the convening authority agreed with the hearing officer.

The K.I.S. Principle at Work

Over a year ago, an O-3E client came to me in a dark mood with allegations of spousal rape, DV assault, and associating with prostitutes.

The command and C.I.D. would not accept our civilian polygraph results because they were "irrelevant." So we showed up to the Article 32 preliminary hearing, now facing the initial charges plus several others of adultery and fraternization. The PHO did find probable cause existed but noted potential problems with the prosecution case. Despite that, charges were referred to a general court-martial.

We did our due diligence and prepared a very detailed challenge to the credibility of the complaining witness supported by witnesses, documentary evidence, and lots of text messages. [Note to D.C.'s. Texts are essential in today's sexual assault cases. Lots of impeachment.] We prepared the client thoroughly to testify if we felt his testimony would add value and not devalue the case. Our own mood darkened as we got closer to trial, and more and more discoveries and MRE 404(b) notices kept coming over the transom, and a witness or two came out of the woodwork. To ensure some pretrial damage control, we were able to negotiate a pretrial agreement for mixed pleas and an omnibus sentence cap.

As we closed with the trial, we spent a lot of time in detail work, seeking to do damage control with the MRE 404(b) stuff. And we got a significant boost when we found some specific and explicit texts within thousands of texts scoured through. We developed a parallel but different theory of the case and decided to wait and see how the prosecution presented their first witness. Sure enough, the prosecution sought to bury the client in MRE 404(b) "evidence." We objected, and we were able to keep out all of the MRE 404(b) evidence and all but one alleged "prior consistent" statement.

K.I.S. step one. We needed to keep the MRE 404(b) and prior consistent doors closed. With that in mind, we adopted the alternate plan. The cross-examination of the C.W. took less than 10 minutes and involved about 15 questions. With the laser questions and suppression of all the "profile" evidence, the prosecution was only able to call one of their witnesses to testify to pictures of bruises. The prosecution rested, and we did immediately.

K.I.S. step two. The closing argument on the merits was simple and focused and took a little more than 10 minutes.

Findings: Not guilty of diverse aggravated sexual assault, guilty of assault and battery, guilty of one fraternization and one adultery, and associating with prostitutes.

K.I.S. step three. We did not call any of the sentencing witnesses we'd lined up and presented only records and unsworn statements. Again, we were in damage control mode. The lesson is to keep doors closed and bad testimony or cross-examination out.

Sentence to dismissal and total forfeitures.

No Further Action

I mentioned below in my end-of-year comment about the number of my cases being disposed of without action or with administrative actions only.

That trend may continue, which is suitable for clients.

A field grade officer was accused of having sex and oral sex in a parking lot. There were witnesses. It turns out there was also an accusation of adultery added to the charge sheet for Article 32. The investigators threatened the "other person" to provide the testimony. The good news in terms of having to face a court-martial is that we were able to negotiate a resignation in lieu of trial. While this is an unfortunate way to end an otherwise excellent career, it is better than being in confinement with a federal conviction.

A senior enlisted person was convicted at court-martial for violating an M.P.O. and making a false statement to MCIOs. However, he was acquitted of substantial allegations of spousal sexual assaults. This document, which is linked here, gives a little background. He was reduced to one pay grade. At this point, the administrative discharge process began. In addition to the conviction, the government added perjury to the basis for separation (he'd testified in his defense at trial). We prepared and submitted a conditional waiver to the administrative separation board and asked for an "Honorable Discharge" characterization. Surprisingly, this was approved!

An officer was accused by his spouse of sexual assault, drug use, and basically being a bad person. An investigation was completed, and the case was put in the hands of the command for a decision.

In the meantime, the spouse was suing for divorce and child custody. This was a benefit. She was able to be deposed about the assault allegation because she'd made it part of the divorce complaint. This was good because there would be no such opportunity to cross-examine her should there be an Article 32 investigation or trial. (Using information from divorce proceedings should always be considered by the military defense lawyer in spousal assault cases where there is a pending divorce or child custody matter.)

Knowing that the officer would decline N.J.P., the command decided to turn on the board of inquiry administrative elimination sluice. Normally, it's not wise to submit a statement in response to the notice, but just wait for the board to happen. But in this case, we decided to submit a written statement.

Good news. The commander decided to terminate the administrative separation without further action, and the client is in the process of executing orders to a new duty station.

Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

2.5 years ago client, was accused of several sexual assaults. As the investigation was concluding, the client "popped" positive for cocaine use. Shortly before the first Article 32 preliminary hearing, the client was involved (with a friend) in a serious assault on a taxi driver. The hearing officer found probable cause, and the charges were referred to trial. As we were close to trial, the client's wife came forward to allege a series of assaults (DV) and an AWOL resulting from a civilian arrest for a hate crime. A new Article 32 was convened; as a result, the client received Article 15 for AWOL, and charges of spousal assault were referred to trial. Before trial, all but one of the spousal assaults were dismissed.

After a judge-alone trial, the client was found not guilty of the sexual assaults and guilty of cocaine use, assault on his spouse, and assault on the taxi driver. (Note. The client had NOT made any statements to O.S.I.

The client was sentenced to 14 months of confinement and a discharge for bad conduct.

It's Done, the First Trial of 2017

The client was acquitted of the charge of sexual assault by a military judge.

Two years ago, the investigation began into an allegation of sexual assault against another officer. When we went to Article 32 months later, the prosecution had added falsifying flight records and multiple allegations of using foul language to the charges.

After the Article 32 investigation, we began the trial with the sexual assault and the foul language specifications. At this point, the prosecution decided they wanted to add new charges of wearing unauthorized badges, insignia, and patches.

Now, months later, we really begin the trial.

At this point, the client entered guilty pleas to the authorized uniform items charges, and then we proceeded to trial on what was left. After hearing all the evidence, the military judge found the client guilty of one of the foul language specifications and the unauthorized uniform specifications only.

Well, 2016 is Over

As I look back over the last six months of the year, I realize I haven't been in court so much. I wondered--the time has been busy with plenty of needful clients. The answer is pretty simple--I was--actually, the client was--lucky enough not to have to face a court-martial prosecution.

Some of the cases were disposed of after the investigation phase, where the command was persuaded no sexual assault happened; some were terminated at Article 32, UCMJ, preliminary hearing stage, and some were terminated with alternate dispositions. Some clients are lingering on my docket because the investigations are taking months, sometimes years, to conclude.

The last court-martial for 2016 was a success.

Eighteen months before trial, the client was investigated for sexual assault and associated charges. When it came to trial, we were able to proceed with a pretrial agreement. The client pleads guilty to fraternization with an enlisted person. The agreement disapproved any dismissal adjudged and allowed the client to retire in his current warrant officer grade.

Earlier Results

A lieutenant colonel was accused of various ethics and standards of conduct violations in doing business in preparation for retirement. He was alleged to have used government time and resources to work on creating his business, and he was alleged to have sought to influence the military to purchase products of his business. An alleged co-actor was prosecuted by the U. S. Attorney. The client was given an Article 15/N.J.P.

A colonel was accused of rape, war crimes, and various other offenses while deployed. After 18 months of investigation, the allegations were reduced to a number of instances of adultery – for which a letter of reprimand was given.

E-7 client was accused of multiple instances of fraternization and of aggravated sexual assault. In this case, we were able to show that the sexual assaults were likely false as a way to get revenge for the complaining witness being counseled. The client was still found guilty of fraternization, which is a lesson learned for all leaders.

Article 32 is are Still Valuable

I've heard colleagues saying that it's no longer worth doing an Article 32 because of the way Congress has changed to rules to make it easier for a case to go to trial. True, Congress has taken deliberate steps to make prosecutions easier. But a preliminary hearing is still valuable and can still result in dismissed charges--it's just harder to do. But, I have been (perhaps fortunate) to have quite a few cases dismissed at the 32 level. Here's a recent example.

I have an E-8 client who is accused, along with an E-9 client, of sexually assaulting an E-8. Pre-32, the charges were assault while incapacitated, while asleep, and by force; in other words, all three ways of committing the assault. The complaining witness testifies at a joint UCMJ art—32 preliminary hearing. At the conclusion, the prosecution asks the hearing officer to find probable cause in the "while asleep" language, which the PHO dutifully does.

I now arrange with the prosecutors to have my client talk to them and tell them what happened from his perspective. There is more to how this is arranged because you don't walk in and say you are there to talk. Once the proper arrangements are made, the client and I meet with the prosecutors, and he talks to them and answers their questions.

The prosecutors tell me they are going to recommend dismissal of the charges. But of course, they can't dismiss them as in civilian court. There are problems in convincing the commander to dismiss the charges, even though the prosecutors are doing the right thing and explaining why they don't think there's enough evidence. So charges are referred. In the meantime, a sleep expert is consulted and advises that it is unlikely the witness would be asleep under the proffered circumstances.

The military judge grants a joint prosecution and defense motion to reopen the UCMJ art—32 hearing based on new evidence. The hearing is held, the PHO finds no probable cause, and charges are dismissed.

This is a case where hard work, creative thinking, and an honest prosecutor can result in the correct result. So, always, well, almost always, do the 32.

"The [O.S.I.][NCIS][C.I.D.] did a profoundly inadequate investigation". . . This is part of my argument in a double rape case.

It is not unusual that by the time the defense is aware of and able to investigate a case, the evidence is lost or destroyed and memories fade.However, for this case and client, there were two important pieces that were preserved: a cup and a pretext phone call.

Yes, in this case, a pretext phone call helped the client. That's because he admitted to having sex but denied, in some detail, that it was non-consensual. So, he was not lying to the members when he told them what happened from the witness stand -- the pretext of the phone call was corroborative support. The "cup" was a cup one of the complaining witnesses claimed the client had served her alcohol in and which the prosecution argued might have been drugged. Interestingly, even though they had it, the prosecution never produced the cup and kept arguing it was a plastic Solo cup. Actually, the cup in the evidence locker was a smaller black teacup. Happily, USACIL tested the cup and found no evidence of drugs. So, despite a biased and profoundly inadequate investigation, the client was found not guilty of rape of two different complaining witnesses.

A Happier Ending Than Expected

E-6 Client is alleged to have gone AWOL for about three years, and he was paid during this time. At the Article 32, UCMJ investigation, he is charged with a three-year AWOL (not desertion) and stealing $140,000.00+ in pay. In Article 32, we show that he began his absence six months later than alleged. The unit had him unaccounted for during that time, even though he was present for duty.

We have charges dismissed (without prejudice) at trial for a speedy trial violation. So, we start again, and this time, the client is ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. As is typical, the R.C.M. 706 is done quickly and less than thoroughly. So, in steps, the defense expert will find that the client is currently paranoid and schizophrenic. We contest the charges in a judge-alone trial. After the prosecution presents its evidence, the military judge dismisses the AWOL charge, and we present an affirmative defense of lack of mental responsibility. Result: Guilty of theft of $112,000.00 in pay. The sentence, R.I.R. to E-1, Bad Conduct Discharge, is a fine of $11,330.00 (with up to a year of confinement if the fine is not paid).

Why do I Tell You That Story?

Like all lawyers, I have many successes to brag about. But not all cases can be an outright full acquittal. Some cases require damage control, perhaps because there is a solid confession and some corroborating evidence. So, unlike almost all lawyers in this field, I have given you an example of how a seemingly losing case can be "improved" to get a much better result than expected. This is an example of the practice I began many years ago of litigate-to-mitigate. No two cases are the same; your case will differ.

Some Wavetops
  • Board finds no abusive sexual contact during a board of inquiry for an O-5.
  • E-5 accused of physical assault on his twin babies. After Article 32 of the UCMJ investigation, the convening authority approved an administrative discharge instead of a court-martial.
  • Field grade officer client was directed to show cause for retention based on GOMR for alleged T.C.S. travel fraud - unanimous vote for Retention.
  • In a recent court-martial case, the client was placed in pretrial confinement for espionage, threatening the President, threatening the local Sherriff, fake purple heart/combat action ribbon/combat commendation medal, fake jump wings, fake E.W.X. pin, lying about his deployment history, and lying to get V.A. medical benefits. Ultimately, charges were referred to trial, except for the espionage. We got some charges dismissed during pretrial litigation and a substantial number of extra confinement credits for errors in the P.T.C. process and discovery violations. After a fully contested trial, the client was found not guilty of all charges except some related to the false awards and lying to hospital officials about his awards. More credit was received because of further P.T.C. errors.

The lesson here is don't confess. The conviction was likely based on a confession sufficiently corroborated by forensic evidence of faking documents on a personal computer.

  • Executive Officer, USS IOWA (BB61), during the investigation after the turret explosion.
  • 0-8 was initially investigated for severe sexual assault offenses. Received Secretarial punitive letter, 30 days arrest in quarters, and later was retired at a reduced rank.
  • 0-7 investigated for Joint Ethics Regulation issues.
  • 0-6 commanding officer charged with a negligent grounding of a vessel.
  • Commodore charged with negligence resulting in death and injuries during a Close-In-Weapons System exercise.

Represented/advised several Navy personnel who were Anthrax refusers.

  • Army O - 3 - Gen. Off. Article 15. Charge dismissed at hearing.
  • Army Nat'l Guard E - 8 - Gen. Off. Article 15. Charge dismissed at hearing.

Navy O-3E was found guilty at N.J.P. of D.W.I. and processed for administrative separation based on misconduct. In this case, we did what neither the command nor the military defense counsel had done. We consulted with an expert. Based on that expert's review, we were able to show that the B.A.C. reported as 0.145 should have been reported as 0.0145. Based on that "new" evidence, the Board found NO misconduct, and the L.T. was returned to duty.

Navy O-6, suspected of communicating threats, email stalking, and order violations. Non-punitive letter of reprimand and retirement in grade.

USMC O-5 was ordered to appear before a retirement grade determination board based on allegations of spouse abuse. He was allowed to retire in his current grade.

United States v. O-6. The case began as a serious sexual assault allegation. It was resolved as Article 15 for conduct unbecoming.

United States v. E-4. Accused of sexual assault on two different complaining witnesses and an assault on a third. It was resolved through administrative separation instead of trial.

United States v. E-5. Recruiter accused of falsifying recruiting documents. Charges were referred to Special Court-Martial and resolved with written counseling and early retirement.

U.S. service members arrested for public indecency; client formally apologizes (An apology is considered a virtue in Japan. Apologies show that a person takes responsibility and avoids blaming others. When one apologizes and shows one's remorse, the Japanese are more willing to forgive); Japanese Prosecution suspended a sailor accused of nudity in the cafe (and jurisdiction ceded to the U.S. under the SOFA). The case was disposed of at Captain's Mast (Article 15), followed by administrative separation.

United States v. Army E-3. Accused of raping spouse on four occasions, twice with a weapon; raping a girlfriend twice; multiple assaults, aggravated assaults, and threats against a spouse; multiple assaults and weapon-related threats against a second girlfriend; obstruction of justice. Found guilty of several assaults and threats on their spouse and the second girlfriend but not guilty of all rapes and most of the assaults. She was sentenced to 18 months confinement and a discharge for bad conduct.

United States v. Army E-4: Accused of assaulting a female Soldier and accused of sexually assaulting another female Soldier. After a contested judge trial, the judge was not guilty of the charges.

United States v. Marine E-5: The client was accused of attempting to steal a total of $2400.00 from his roommate's bank account, misuse of a government travel card while PCSing, false official statements, and wire fraud. After a contested trial found guilty of attempted theft and false official statement, not guilty to misuse of GTCC and wire fraud. The prosecution argued for 18 months confinement, sentenced to six.

United States v. Air Force E-3: The client was accused of failing to go to daily formation for about five months, failing to check out and P.C.S., failing a check-out appointment, a false official statement about a P.T. test, and dereliction in not PCSing. According to the prosecution, the allegations surround the client hiding out on this training base for five months because he didn't want to transfer to a line unit. After a contested trial, convicted of "diverse" failures to go and false official statements, not guilty to the remainder. The military judge sentenced them to four months of confinement. However, the judge also granted 91 days credit for unlawful pretrial punishment violating Article 13, UCMJ. By the way, this case is one of several examples of why it is not good or valuable to seek the assistance of the Congressman.

United States v. Army E-1. Client one of 13 accused of mutiny, kidnapping, multiple assaults, and property damage at the Maximum SHU, USDB, Leavenworth. The prosecution assumed he had started the mutiny and was a ringleader. Plead not guilty to all charges. Found not guilty of kidnapping and assault and sentenced to five years of confinement. Military judge gave nine months of Article 13 credit. In addition, the judge considered other post-mutiny practices that were not Article 13 but were "almost" U.C.I. and gave two years of confinement less than he would have had. Another inmate who helped start the mutiny and assaults pleaded guilty to all charges. He was sentenced to 15 years of confinement, which was reduced to eight years with a P.T.A.

United States v. Army E-5 (update). The client was initially accused of rape and sexual assaults on a military spouse and an indecent act on a Soldier. After Article 32, and shortly before trial, the complaining witnesses to the rape came forward to "tell the truth," and confessed they'd lied - there was no rape. Summary court-martial on the unrelated indecent act (sentenced to 15 days restriction). Aspects of this case and another case of mine (Walton) are reported here and here.

United States v. Army E-7. Initially convicted of B.A.H. fraud over $132K and associated charges, sentenced to a B.C.D. and six months confinement. The appeals court ordered a new trial based on newly discovered evidence. At a new trial, convicted of more than $500.00 in attempted fraud and sentenced to R.I.R. to E-6, $1000.00 forfeiture per month for two months.

United States v. Velez. This case required extensive assistance from a forensic crime scene perspective, a forensic psychologist, and a forensic psychiatrist. The R.C.M. 706 board found a "brief psychotic episode" but insignificant. The defense experts found a major mental defect. However, neither rose to the level of an affirmative defense of insanity on the charges to which Velez pleaded guilty. The prosecution dismissed a premeditated murder charge. In this case, the defense had made a P.T.A. offer of 20 years in February 2010 and an offer of 25 years in June 2010 - both of which were rejected. The prosecution came to the defense in early 2011 with a request for an offer of 28 years.

United States v. Air Force E-5: Rape. In this case, we could mount an aggressive defense at the Article 32, UCMJ hearing. Subsequently, all charges were dismissed.

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