Thursday, November 7, 2019

Transparency watch

Why should military charges be kept from the news media after a public preliminary hearing has been conducted? Jeff Schogol has an important Task & Purpose story here, raising this and other issues in the context of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Navy's Judge Advocate General's Office denied Task & Purpose's appeal for both documents on Nov. 1, adding that [2d Lt. Felippe] Maher's charge sheet could not be released "until 2nd Lt. Maher is convicted at a court-martial."
Only after there's been a [public] court-martial? What if there's an acquittal? Will the charges still not be released?

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