Thursday, April 9, 2015

Article 69 data from the Fiscal Year 2014 report of the Code Committee

The FY14 annual report of the Code Committee on Military Justice, which has just become available, contains a wealth of interesting data. Here's one now . . .

In the year ending September 30, 2014, the Judge Advocates General of the U.S. armed forces acted on 277 applications for relief under Article 69 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Of these, 276 were denied. The only one in which relief was granted was a case from the U.S. Coast Guard. Contrast this with the rate of relief in cases that meet the jurisdictional threshold for review by the service courts of criminal appeals and thereafter by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Quaere: is Article 69 a meaningful remedy?

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