Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Where should these charges be tried?

There are times when you read a news story and your head starts to swim. This is one of them. An Army medic is on trial in federal district court in Honolulu on murder charges (the victim was his wife). So far so good, so to speak. In the course of the investigation, evidence turned up that supports prostitution and child pornography charges. Those are being pursued by the Army as a military justice matter.

Isn't child pornography a federal crime? And if the Assimilative Crimes Act applies, wouldn't a violation of state prostitution law also be triable in district court? Here's the story. What do you think? Did the U.S. Attorney's Office tell the Army to take a hike?

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