The Difference Between Military and Civilian Law

In the 1998 court-martial of Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney, McKinney’s defense lawyer, Charles Gittins, pointed out the true difference between using integrity and past conduct in a military versus civilian court, saying “In military law, character does count, and character alone may be enough to cause reasonable doubt.” Congress, however, does not appear to recognize this difference. Having eliminated the “good soldier” defense from court martial proceedings, they have only made it more likely for innocent soldiers to be wrongly convicted.

Read more about this story here: Military lawyers lose the 'good soldier' defense

If you are facing military criminal charges, do not hesitate to contact Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC so that our highly qualified legal team can investigate your case.


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