Monday, February 20, 2017

UK JAG to try CM at AAFB

HHJ Jeff Blackett
The Judge Advocate General
A British Army colonel is to stand trial before the UK Court Martial -- but the trial, involving an allegation of rape of an intoxicated U.S. officer, will be held in the United States (at Andrews Air Force Base). His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, the Judge Advocate General, will preside.

The Daily Mail claims the trial is unprecedented. That may be so for a UK case, but it is not the first time a foreign court-martial has been conducted in the U.S. Some years ago a Canadian Forces officer attached to the Canadian Embassy in Washington was tried before a Canadian military judge at an American military base in Northern Virginia. (The Editor was a spectator.)

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