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Obama Remark Is Complicating Military Trials

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By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
July 13, 2013


WASHINGTON — When President Obama proclaimed that those who commit sexual assault in the military should be “prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged,” it had an effect he did not intend: muddying legal cases across the country.
In at least a dozen sexual assault cases since the president’s remarks at the White House in May, judges and defense lawyers have said that Mr. Obama’s words as commander in chief amounted to “unlawful command influence,” tainting trials as a result. Military law experts said that those cases were only the beginning and that the president’s remarks were certain to complicate almost all prosecutions for sexual assault.
“Unlawful command influence” refers to actions of commanders that could be interpreted by jurors as an attempt to influence a court-martial, in effect ordering a specific outcome. Mr. Obama, as commander in chief of the armed forces, is considered the most powerful person to wield such influence.
The president’s remarks might have seemed innocuous to civilians, but military law experts say defense lawyers will seize on the president’s call for an automatic dishonorable discharge, the most severe discharge available in a court-martial, arguing that his words will affect their cases.

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As a supposed Constitutional Lawyer, Obama certainly has a penchant for speaking out without thinking. He's done this more than once. Before this he claimed that Martin's death was not self defense. Claiming if he had a son, it would have been like Trayvon. Very prejudicial for statements coming from a president.
 

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Should I post his EXACT words to prove that you're misrepresenting someone YET AGAIN?
 

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Obama did the exact same thing--improper command influence--in the Bradley Manning case, in San Francisco at an election campaign event, and thereby drew the ire of his well-heeled supporters. Declaring Manning guilty drew all manner of very embarrassing comments for the President.

About a week later, the WH announced the Fable Of Abbottabad. :cool:
 

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Interesting angle... though I'm sure it will be legally "corrected" before too long.
Are you referring to the memory hole of forgetfulness of Progressive Socialism?
 
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