Saturday, November 6, 2021

Transparency (U.S. Marine Corps version)

Task & Purpose has posted an astounding public protest by editor Paul Sjoldra over the U.S. Marine Corps' indefensible withholding of the charge sheet (DD Form 458) in the case of United States v. Scheller. Global Military Justice Reform condemns the runaround Task & Purpose has chronicled. It is difficult to imagine a more effective way of undermining public confidence in the administration of justice.

If Task & Purpose pursues this matter, it should not content itself with the charge sheet but also demand the summarized record of trial, the audiotapes, and all motions and rulings by the military judge.

This would seem to be worth litigating in the Article III courts. Task & Purpose should also bring this to the attention of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

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