When does it make sense to demand a court-martial?
Cdr. Sean D. Kearns, USN and Mass. Gov. Deval L. Patrick
The Virginian-Pilot has this article about a naval officer who was offered an administrative reprimand but opted to be tried by court-martial, was acquitted and promoted to Commander, and is currently assigned as commanding officer of "Old Ironsides," USS Constitution. It is unclear why then-Lieutenant Commander Sean D. Kearns was afforded the right to reject mast in light of the "vessel exception" to that right, given his prior assignment as executive officer of USS San Antonio. See art. 15, UCMJ. Clarification will be welcome. Real names only, please.