Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Where should this case have been tried?

Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has issued the following news release:
A 3rd Space Operations Squadron officer was convicted by a general court-martial July 22, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. on charges of assault and communicating a threat. 
Capt. Anthony Alvarado was found guilty of six incidents of assault and one incident of threatening to commit an assault, all against a former fiancé.
The general court-martial convicted Alvarado and sentenced him to six months confinement and a dismissal from the service, an officer's equivalent of a dishonorable discharge. He is currently serving his jail sentence in the Teller County Confinement Facility.
The 50th Space Wing Legal Office reminds Airmen that assault and communicating a threat are both illegal and punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Resources are available to Airmen and their dependents who are experiencing personal or family issues. Anyone who would benefit from them is encouraged to take advantage of these resources.
The offenses occurred off base and the victim was a civilian. Why was the case tried in a court-martial?

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