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  •  Again, making stuff up (0+ / 0-)

    Military JAGs are some of the most independent folks I know.  Like qazplm the only time I have seen commanders go against the advice of their JAG was to go forward with marginal cases against the advice of counsel.  

    JAGs are under a completely different promotion system to free them from being influenced by unethical commanders.  Military Judges are even more independent and have no problem telling the CG his JAG is accepting bad plea deals.

    As a side note - I ignored the advice of my JAG one time as a commander when I choose NOT to prosecute a soldier for something said during psychiatric counseling.  See there is not doctor patient confidentially in the military but I decided that what was said could be dealt with differently.  I knew the soldier was going though a tough time - hence the treatment - and that she thought her counseling was confidential.  Had she not believed that, she would not have been able to work out one of the issues and I didnt want to punish her for seeking help.  Of course in your world I would have had no discretion in choosing to send her to trial.  Someone outside the unit would choose baed on a formula.  But what do I know, Im just an evil old white guy.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 03:34:37 PM PDT

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