Tim Bilecki

SUMMARY COURT-MARTIAL

A summary court-martial is fundamentally different than a special or general court-martial in that it is non-judicial in nature.  There is no jury, no military judge, no trial in the traditional sense of the term (usually, not even a prosecutor or defense attorney). A summary court-martial is designed to dispose of minor, or petty, offenses …

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Can I receive credit off of my sentence because my command illegally punished me prior to trial?

Can you receive a credit off of your sentence because your command illegally punished you prior to trial? This is a frequent question we receive at Bilecki & Tipon and that answer always depends on the application of the specific facts of your case to the often complex law in this area. In an ideal …

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Does My Chain Of Command Need To Read Me My Rights Before They Ask Me An Incriminating Question?

Does your chain of command need to read you your rights before they ask you an incriminating question? This is a question we frequently receive, typically the answer is yes, but it truly depends on the individual facts of the case and how those facts are applied to the law. Article 31 of the UCMJ …

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Report Finds Changes to Article 32 Hearing During Obama Years Worse Than Realized

The Article 32 preliminary hearing once served as a protection against frivolous court-martial cases and a discovery tool for service members accused of a crime. Today, those protections have all but disappeared under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (FY14 NDAA), a set of changes which have twisted the time-honored Article 32 into a shadow of …

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to Retire in July

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced last Wednesday his resignation from the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving behind a politically charged vacancy that is sure to generate news headlines for months to come. Justice Kennedy, who turns 83 next month, arrived at the White House yesterday to hand-deliver his letter of resignation to President Donald Trump. Mr. …

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Texas Mom Shoots Carjacker as He Tries to Drive Off with Her Kids In the Backseat

A Texas mother of two who was paying for gas at a local Dallas Shell station did not hesitate to shoot a carjacker who was attempting to steal her vehicle with her children in the back seat. The incident occurred around 10:00 PM along Interstate 35. Michelle Booker-Hicks was paying her gas bill when she …

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