TV News LIES

Monday, Jul 25th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Military Accused sit in jail as military courts drag feet on appeals

Accused sit in jail as military courts drag feet on appeals

E-mail Print PDF

Military appeals drag their feetMarine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Brian W. Foster served nearly a decade in Leavenworth for a crime he didn't commit. Foster is now free and serving his country once more. The military appeals system that failed him, meanwhile, is still trying to right itself.

"It's a terrible system," Foster said. "The judges and attorneys who had the opportunity to stand up and say 'this isn't right,' they didn't do that."

The court that finally freed Foster in 2009 called him a victim of "judicial negligence" and "intolerable" errors. The nine-year delay between conviction and appeal was "unacceptable," the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals acknowledged.

While Foster's experiences were extreme, they were not entirely unique. Other soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have likewise languished in appellate limbo.

A McClatchy review of thousands of pages of court and military documents reveals persistent delays that have long frustrated repeated reform efforts. These appellate delays can interfere with the ability of veterans to find jobs, secure benefits and, sometimes, regain their freedom.

The delays happen at every stage. Records can get lost. Simple tasks, like trial transcriptions, can lag. Attorneys get distracted or are sent off to a war zone. Some judges have been indifferent or out of their depth.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


U.S. troops sent to South Sudan to evacuate embassy

Troops in South SudanAbout 40 U.S. military troops were rushed to Juba, South Sudan, to speed the evacuation of...

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own Iraq war inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

Bush and BlairFollowing the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families...

U.S. to deploy 560 additional troops to Iraq in Islamic State fight

Ash CarterDuring a visit to Baghdad, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on Monday said the United...

Navy: SEAL Chris Kyle never earned a 2nd Silver Star

Chris Kyle: fewer awards than claimedThe Navy has concluded there is no evidence that famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle received two...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!