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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Officer Represented by Frank Spinner Acquitted at Trial by Court-Martial

Recently, an officer client defended by Frank Spinner was found not guilty of the charges and specifications he faced in an overseas court-martial. The client was accused of six total charges and specifications (criminal allegations) of assault consummated by battery upon a commissioned officer and destruction of private property.

The court members (jury) deliberated for approximately 7 hours before delivering the verdict of acquittal. The officer client will now be retroactively promoted in accordance with a promotion that was delayed due to the administrative hold for court-martial, and will receive back pay commensurate with the appropriate date of rank.

While this criminal case was successfully defended, it is important to understand that every case has different facts, and success in previous cases does not guarantee success in any particular future case. No military lawyer or civilian defense lawyer, including those who specialize in military law, can guarantee the outcome of any military trial. For more information on the military justice system, please see our other blog posts.

By: Attorney Richard V. Stevens
Civilian criminal defense lawyer and military defense lawyer
Military Defense Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens, PC

Blog postscript: Attorney Frank Spinner and I (attorney Richard Stevens) are former active duty military lawyers (JAG). Our perspectives and advice, therefore, are based upon our experience as military defense lawyers and as civilian criminal defense lawyers practicing exclusively in the area of military law. This blog addresses issues in military law, military justice, military discipline, military defense, court-martial practice, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and other military and/or legal topics. Nothing posted in this blog should be substituted for legal advice in any particular case. If you seek legal advice for a particular case, please contact The Law Offices of Richard V. Stevens & The Law Office of Frank J. Spinner for a free consultation.

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