No parity in military justice

March 26, 2014 

The Belleville News-Democrat on Friday had an article about an Air Force sergeant getting convicted in a general court martial and getting a sentence of 25 years. Then there is Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair; he gets convicted in a general court martial and he gets a $20,000 fine and is allowed to retire from the U.S. Army. Where is the parity?

However, the Secretary of the Army could deny Sinclair his retirement due to his misconduct under the provisions of Title 5 of the U.S. Code.

The general court martial board for a general officer should be removed from military control and given over to civilian courts to allow for a proper conviction or disposition. It is apparent that Col. James Pohl, the military judge, should be fired for his actions in this case. If he can't do his job, he should get out of the kitchen.

James J. Harrigan


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