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November 2010
Tim Bilecki

Bilecki Defends O-3 Trying to Avoid Perjury Trap by Admitting False Statements

Perjury, False Official Statement, Conduct Unbecoming an Officer
Fort Shafter, Hawaii
Army Captain - O-3
No court martial charges preferred.

Maximum Sentence:

  • Dismissal
  • 11 years and 6 months confinement
  • Total forfeiture
  • Federal felony conviction

An Army Captain stationed at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, faced serious allegations of submitting false official statements to a civilian court. The case became more complex when the Captain admitted in court that his previous written statements were false, an admission made to avoid perjury during his testimony.

This situation led to an AR 15-6 investigation, with a looming possibility of a court martial. At this critical juncture, court martial lawyer Tim Bilecki was retained to defend the Captain. No UCMJ charges were preferred against him at the time, but the investigation posed a significant threat to his career and freedom.

Bilecki’s defense strategy involved a comprehensive approach. He submitted a detailed memorandum to the Investigating Officer, articulating the Captain’s version of events and shedding light on the case’s decade-long history. This approach not only focused on defending the Captain but also triggered additional investigations against other Officers within the U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC).

Bilecki’s advocacy was both oral and written, vigorously arguing that no adverse actions should be taken against the Captain. His efforts in detailing the complexities of the case and presenting a strong defense narrative paid off. As a result of this assertive and well-structured defense, no court martial or other punitive actions were pursued against the Captain.

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