Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Uncle Sam wants you

Army Times has this report on an Army decision to make public the list of its 10 most wanted fugitives. Why wasn't this done before? "Officials have considered putting the list online for years, [Army official John] Hargitt said, but legal and technological hurdles slowed the program at various points." Huh?

Nearly 1400 Army "deserters warrants" -- they're not really warrants, since they are not issued by a judicial officer -- are outstanding. What if Army (or other service branch) or, for that matter, civilian law enforcement authorities fail to bring a deserter apprehended by civilian authorities based on such a "warrant" before a judge within 48 hours? See United States v. Rexroat, 38 M.J. 292 (C.M.A. 1993); County of Riverside v. McLaughlin, 500 U.S. 44 (1991); United States v. Gable, No. 97-01533 (Army Ct. Crim. App. 1999) (mem.).

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