Military Law Matters Podcast

Military Law Matters Podcast

Upgrading your Military Discharge – 10 Things you Need to Know. It is possible to upgrade your discharge characterization on your DD 214.  Upgrading your discharge refers to  upgrade of discharge, change of the reason for your discharge and change of...
Why You Should Protect Your Phone with a Passcode

Why You Should Protect Your Phone with a Passcode

In August 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) held in US v. Mitchell that when law enforcement asked a suspect Sergeant (Sgt) Mitchell to enter his phone’s passcode in the absence of counsel, the Government violated his Fifth...
Crimes are Never Black and White—The Case of the Ready Room

Crimes are Never Black and White—The Case of the Ready Room

I remember the case like it was yesterday–23 years ago.  A Non-commissioned officer (NCO) walked into my office with an Article 15 (nonjudicial punishment) in hand.  His crime:  Larceny of a doormat.  You are wondering why an NCO would steal a doormat. ...