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I never cease to be amazed and surprised at some of the Supreme Court rulings these days. For instance, they have just posted a decision that sets a precedent affecting military retirees who commit crimes AFTER separation from active duty.

The Court let stand a lower court decision ruling and sentence whereby a retired Marine was sentenced to prison and forfeiture of benefits for assaulting a female -- both being civilians! In its second ruling of this type, the Court holds that retirees are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) -- even in civilian life. It remains unclear if this ruling encompasses both felonies and misdemeanors as well as civil cases. Time will tell.

James W. Anderson

Talladega

 

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