PSA: Non-Unanimous Verdicts In The Military

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Messy military lawyer. Today’s public service announcement is it’s not that hard to get a conviction for anything in military courts martial, I saw a post today.

I can’t even stitch it. It like makes my blood boil, talking about how difficult it is to get a conviction in the military. Guess what, ladies and gentlemen, the military is the only jurisdiction in the United States, and obviously wherever the military is, where you don’t have to get a unanimous verdict to convict someone of a crime. That’s right. The military’s the last one. A recent Supreme Court case ruled that in the state of Louisiana, it’s unconstitutional to be able to convict somebody without a unanimous verdict. We filed a bunch of motions to try to preserve that issue. In the military, they don’t care. Military remains the only jurisdiction where you do not have to have a unanimous verdict. All you have to have for a felony conviction is six out of eight jurors who vote to convict. I also saw in someone’s video where they said it’s 95% to get a guilty. Nope, that’s not what’s considered beyond a reasonable doubt. Nobody gives you an instruction then it’s 95% deep breath.

The only jurisdiction less in the United States where it is not required to get a unanimous verdict is the military messy military lawyer.

Jocelyn Stewart is a UCMJ court-martial attorney who specializes in defense of allegations of sexual assault for all branches of the military worldwide.


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