Maginnis: Military courts fair but Trump ultimate decider

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Army combatA national defense analyst is defending both Donald Trump and the military’s judicial system that punished service members who are now enjoying clemency from their commander in chief.

President Donald Trump last week granted clemency to two U.S. Army officers accused or convicted of war crimes, including an army lieutenant found guilty of ordering fellow soldiers to fire on unarmed Afghan men riding a motorcycle.

National defense analyst Bob Maginnis, a retired U.S. Army colonel, tells OneNewsNow the Uniform Code of Military Justice is a fair system.  

Maginnis

“The hearing, or the jury, is of your peers,” Maginnis advises, “people who have a similar background and understand the concerns, and all the issues that are involved with some of these terrible circumstances.”

Yet the president can grant clemency, Maginnis says, as he has done in these cases.  

“And his rationale for doing that is not necessarily a slap at the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” the analyst explains, “but an acknowledgement that under circumstances and difficult situations, sometimes judgements are influenced in ways that result in conduct that maybe in other circumstances would not be performed. So I can understand why he did it."

 

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