Navy O-10 Cleared During Congressional Investigation

Senior Officer (O-10) was identified as a person of interest in a Congressional investigation into the death of a service member from alleged friendly fire. After being called to testify behind closed doors with staff members of House committee, the officer was cleared of any wrong doing.

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Navy Executive Officer Retained and Promoted

Senior Officer (O-4) Executive Officer was relieved by his Commanding Officer for substandard performance after the Executive Officer raised concerns about the CO’s ability to command. After a lengthy investigative and complaint process, the Executive Officer was promoted to O-5 and went on to complete 20 years of exemplary service.

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Navy JAG Officer Cleared of Ethical Violations

Senior Officer (O-5) former Commanding Officer was accused of various ethical violations by a civilian attorney. After two separate investigations and one formal hearing, the matter was closed with findings of no violations by the officer.

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Commanding Officer Permitted to Retire in Grade After At-Sea Collision

Senior Officer (O-5) Commanding Officer was taken to non-judicial punishment for an at sea collision with a commercial vessel. The detachment for cause was successfully avoided, and the officer was permitted to retire at his pay grade.

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Navy O-6 Accused of Adultery

Senior Officer (O-6) post-command officer was accused of adultery. After a lengthy investigation, the matter was resolved administratively with a non-punitive letter of caution with no permanent adverse military personnel file entries.

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Navy Chaplain Avoids Prosecution for Adultery and Sexual Misconduct

Senior Officer (O-6) Chaplain was accused of multiple instances of adultery and misconduct with a congregation member. Criminal disposition was successfully avoided, and the matter was resolved administratively.

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Navy O-6 Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Allegations Unsubstantiated

Senior Officer (O-6) Commanding Officer was accused of sexual misconduct by a crew member. After an extensive investigation, the criminal investigation was closed without substantiation, and the CO finished his command tour successfully.

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Navy Commanding Officer Cleared of Abusive Leadership Allegations

Senior Officer (O-6) Commanding Officer was accused of abusive leadership by multiple personnel through IG and formal 1150 complaints from various officers from the command.   The CO was not relieved of duty, and the matters were closed with no permanent adverse military personnel file entries.

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Navy O-6 Cleared in Inspector General Investigation

Senior Officer (O-6) was the subject of an IG complaint from a disgruntled civilian subordinate concerning leadership style and management of personnel. After a thorough investigation and multiple interviews, the matter was closed with corrective counseling with no permanent adverse military personnel file entries.

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Attempted Murder and Rape Charges Dismissed

A Navy Sailor was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and rape following an altercation with his girlfriend.  The charges included allegations that he punched, strangled, and smothered his girlfriend before slamming her head into the floor until she lost consciousness.  The girlfriend then claimed that the Sailor raped her while she was unconscious.  During the incident, the girlfriend managed to call a friend’s voicemail, which captured the audio of the Sailor yelling and making threats, as well as the sound of a physical altercation.  There was also significant DNA and other forensic evidence collected by NCIS, as well as witnesses who heard the physical altercation. After being charged by the Navy and while awaiting a court-martial, the Sailor was involved in a second altercation with a different girlfriend, which led to additional charges of aggravated assault.  The Sailor was facing the possibility of life imprisonment and a sex offender registration.  Prior to JAG Defense involvement, the most favorable pretrial offer from the prosecution was that the Sailor had to plead guilty to all charges in order to receive a confinement cap of 12  years.  The Sailor’s family hired JAG Defense to represent him at his court-martial.  Over a period of months, JAG Defense negotiated an initial pretrial deal where the government agreed to dismiss the attempted murder charge and all but one assault charge for each victim.  The government intended to attempt to prove the rape charge.  During the course of our preparation to contest the rape charge, JAG Defense uncovered DNA evidence that was extremely damaging to the government’s case and definitively proved that the victim had lied about the sexual assault.  As a result, the government dismissed the rape charge the night before the Sailor’s court-martial was to begin.  Result: Attempted Murder and Rape Charges Dismissed. Client guilty only of lesser assault charges and will be released from confinement in less than a year.  No sex offender registration.

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