U.S. Seal cleared in Iraq court-martial

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by rockape623, Apr 22, 2010.

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  1. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/04/22/seal-trial-jury-deliberates-iraqi-abuse-case/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Flatest+%28Text+-+Latest+Headlines%29

    Whilst I`m pleased for the gent in question, I was wondering about juries in court-martials. As this was held at Camp Victory, I am surmising that the jury was made up of Service personell and wonder at their impartiality concerning this emotive case?

    From where are the members selected? Does the defending team have the power to disqualify members as in Crown Court trials in this country?

    Do any Arrser`s have any knowledge of the US military justice system?

    Lots of questions, I know, but this is a remarkable story.
  2. A jury of his peers?

    Military folks on a military base sound like peers to me.
  3. US Courtmartial juries are always composed of Service Personnel.
    Specifically to your question:

    http://www.ucmj.us/uniform-code-of-military-justice/sub-chapter-5-composition-of-court-martial.shtml#825. ART, 25. WHO MAY SERVE ON COURTS-MARTIAL
  4. No different to a British Court Martial, in which the "Jury" are serving officers, really.