Monday, September 05, 2011

Choi trial stopped, among wrangling over "vindictive prosecution"; when does a military officer have to "disobey orders"?

The Washington Blade, in a page 2 story by Lou Chibbaro, Jr. on September 2, is reporting the halting of the trial of former Army Lt. Dan Choi, for charges related to a protest in Nov. 15 along the White House fence. A federal judge acknowledged the possibility of “vindictive prosecution”, normally seen in trials of federal officials, as raised by Choi's defense, The trial was halted when a prosecutor challenged the claim.It's a pretty complicated mess. 

Choi is a West Point graduate and has been one of the most visible soldiers in recent years in the fight to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, which will be celebrated Sept. 20.  From my perspective, his visibility is on the level of that of Keith Meinhold and Joe Steffan back in the 1990s but with added “notoriety”, as literary agents would say. Expect a book soon.

One of Choi's arguments regarding the demonstration incident is that he doesn't have to obey illegal orders, and in fact is obliged to disobey them. 

The link for the Blade story here.

Below, more partying.  Labor Day weekend was more active and "festive" than I would have expected.

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