November 14, 2013 § 8 Comments
The saga with Lt Col Jeffrey Krusinski is finally over. How? That’s a fair question. However, let me quote, for the third time, a statement by Ms. Petula Dvorak. She made it when the allegations against Krusinski surfaced and civilian authorities retained jurisdiction.
Hey, Pentagon commanders: Look beyond that 395 freeway on-ramp, just past the McDonald’s and Macy’s, and see how allegations of sexual assault ought to be dealt with. Like a potential crime.
After the initial charges, things changed further. We talked about it here.
That brings us to yesterday. Via the Washington Post:
An Air Force colonel accused of assaulting a young woman outside a Crystal City bar this past spring has been acquitted by an Arlington jury.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 42, was head of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention branch when he was arrested after the May encounter outside a Crystal City bar. The incident was swept up in an ongoing debate over whether the military is equipped to handle sexual assaults among its ranks.
Well, there you go. Done and done.
Hey, Ms. Dvorak: Look beyond that 395 freeway on-ramp, just past the McDonald’s and Macy’s, and see how allegations of sexual assault ought to be death with. With calm heads and respect for the rule of law, regardless of how loudly you bloviate.
November 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
For any lawyer considering the use of email communications, know the following two absolute and immutable truths.
The best thing about receiving email is that you have received something in writing.
The worst thing about sending email is that you have created something in writing, often in haste.
November 7, 2013 § 1 Comment
If you’re a D.C. Redskins fan, you’re probably needing a reason to focus on something other than the controversy caused by your favorite team’s nickname. Well, here’s just the story to make the whole “Redskins” thing not seem so bad.
November 7, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Today, an OpEd was published at USA Today regarding proposed changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and it is written by two of the most revered former Army JAGs. One is Major General (Ret) John Altenburg, who I met while at the JAG School in 2004. The other is Colonel (Ret) Lisa Schenck, who, in addition to having a JD from Notre Dame, multiple LLMs, and an LLD from Yale, had the distinction of being my first law professor (mandatory undergrad course) when she was stationed at West Point. To date, she is still the most intelligent and witty person I’ve ever met. That means a lot considering that I suffered a C in her class.
It is brief and gets straight to the point. You can find it here.
November 7, 2013 § Leave a Comment
For the past several weeks, I’ve been following allegations of unlawful command influence lodged against the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), General James Amos. Until the last 24 hours, information has been fragmented, at best. As a whole, it didn’t appear to be in Amos’ favor, but being definitive was not possible.
It started with court-martial charges-gone-horribly-awry against Captain James Clement, who exercised command authority over the Marines accused of desecrating (urinating upon) bodies in Afghanistan. Essentially, the charges were dropped once defense counsel pushed the issue of unlawful command influence against the CMC. In lieu of court-martial charges, the Marine Corps elected to subject Captain Clement to administrative discharge, a process with substantially fewer tools for defense counsel to obtain and test evidence.
Then, the situation became a bigger mess when JAGs involved in the case started to blow whistles, implicating overwhelming influence from the CMC to subordinate officers. One whisteblower JAG in particular, MAJ James Weirick (a big fan of illeism) was relieved of duties and caused to undergo a psychological exam on suspect grounds. All of this smacked of character assassination and coverup.
Every day, the evidence against Amos grew stronger and stronger, especially when evidence concerning his senior civilian attorney-advisor, Robert Hogue, came to light.
Now, Akin Gump power-player John Dowd enters the fray. You might know him best for the Dowd Report which detailed Pete Rose’s gambling for Major League Baseball or his representation of John McCain during the Keating Five fiasco.
Dowd swings a bat. A really big bat. I could tell you about it, but I’d rather show you. In complete and succinct detail, he lays-out the facts. While we must acknowledge that he is advocating on behalf of his client, his facts are hard (if not impossible) to argue.
At one point, I might have told you that this wouldn’t have much effect on the CMC. The overwhelming majority of allegations against military muckity-mucks end in a dustbin somewhere in a forgotten basement corner of the Pentagon. Now, however, I think it has gone past the point of no return. Considering the full body of publicly-known evidence against him, I find it hard to believe how the President and the Secretary of Defense can continue to have faith in Amos’ ability to lead the Marine Corps.
When a Washington power-player lawyer at a bigwig firm is compelled to take a case against you pro bono, it is a clear sign that a threshold has been met or exceeded. Expect a less-than-auspicious exit for the nation’s top Marine.
Note: As always, the best information about this and other noteworthy military cases can be found at CAAFlog.com.
November 6, 2013 § 2 Comments
People who make a fuss about putting something (anything) after their name amuse me. It is a sad amusement, but amusement nonetheless.
Something today reminded me of this. It was a request on LinkedIn from a person with an alphabet salad of credentials following their family name. It included PE, CEM, GBE, PMP, LEED AP. While I immediately recognized the first and last, I wasn’t entirely sure about the ones in the middle. I knew it either had something to do with construction/design/engineering, or it showed that they failed at engineering and were forced into real estate.
Having suffered this unsolicited LinkedIn acronym assault, I have a few simple rules for dealing with arrays of post-name credentials.
1. If, when I google your credential, a reasonable certifying agency does not appear on the first page of results, I assume you to be full of shit.
2. For post-name certifications, two is the limit (i.e. Hotlips Houlihan, RN, BSN), unless the desired post-name certification is “Esq” or “JD.” In that case, zero is the limit.
3. Before using a post-name certification, you must stand outside the entrance to Sears wish a large card depicting your desired acronym. Survey at least 100 people coming in or out of Sears. If more than 60% are clueless as to its meaning, you aren’t allowed to use it.
4. The number of post-name credentials you list is directly proportional to how desperate you are to find a job (or escape your current job).
5. I don’t care who you are, or what it stands for. If I see that you have “PMP” after your name, you will be a punchline.