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Stories with subject: Military legal affairs
  • Judge: Government should pay $3 billion to repair wetlands 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 9:46 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge ruled Thursday that the federal government should foot the bill - tagged at about $3 billion - for fixing damage done to wetlands just outside New Orleans by a shipping channel the Army Corps of Engineers dug in the 1960s.

  • Phony distress call leads to 1-year prison sentence 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 2:03 pm

    PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man whose phony mayday call led to a seven-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison, and federal prosecutors said they hoped the penalty sends a message to other potential pranksters.

  • Whatcom County man charged again in Border Patrol incident 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 6:46 pm

    SEATTLE - A Whatcom County man who spent time in federal prison for shining a spotlight at a U.S. Border Patrol Blackhawk helicopter that was flying over his house has been indicted on new charges involving Border Patrol agents, but his wife says he was just trying to get away from them.

  • Sergeant sentenced to 25 years on assault, desertion charges story has photos
    Updated: Aug-24-15 10:31 pm

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois - An Air Force technical sergeant who fled Illinois earlier this year while awaiting a court-martial will spend 25 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to child sexual assault charges.

  • Bergdahl's lawyer: Trump's statements threaten fair trial story has photos
    Updated: Aug-20-15 5:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - The lawyer representing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who left his infantry post and was held by the Taliban for five years, said Thursday that callous statements Donald Trump is making about his client are threatening the soldier's right to a fair trial.

  • Mile Mrksic, Serb army officer convicted of war crimes, dies 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 6:58 am

    LISBON, Portugal - Portuguese authorities say Mile Mrksic, a former Serb army officer sentenced by a U.N. tribunal to 20 years in prison for his part in the 1991 torture and killings of nearly 200 Croatians during the Balkan wars, has died. He was 68.

  • S. Korea soldier's death sentence upheld over shooting spree 
    Updated: Aug-17-15 3:37 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's high military court on Monday upheld a death sentence for a soldier convicted for killing five comrades in shooting and grenade attacks last year.

  • Benghazi case focuses attention on US interrogation strategy story has photos
    Updated: Aug-15-15 5:15 pm

    WASHINGTON - After a suspected militant was captured last year to face charges for the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, he was brought to the U.S. aboard a Navy transport ship on a 13-day trip that his lawyers say could have taken 13 hours by plane.

  • Judge allows lawyers in Border Patrol facilities 
    Updated: Aug-14-15 7:34 pm

    TUCSON, Arizona - A federal judge has granted attorneys in a lawsuit against the Border Patrol over its treatment of immigrants access to four Arizona facilities.

  • US deems Guantanamo legal offices safe amid health concerns 
    Updated: Aug-14-15 3:34 pm

    MIAMI - Legal offices on the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been deemed safe for human occupancy amid concerns about a possible cancer cluster, the Navy said Friday.

  • Fort Carson officer faces court-martial in child pornography case 
    Updated: Aug-14-15 2:10 pm

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - A lieutenant colonel at Fort Carson faces a court-martial on charges of viewing child pornography on a government computer while in Afghanistan.

  • UN rights agency criticizes Thailand for lese majeste cases 
    Updated: Aug-11-15 9:25 am

    BANGKOK - The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Tuesday it is appalled at the long prison sentences given to people convicted in Thailand of insulting the monarchy, and is calling for the immediate release of all people jailed for exercising freedom of expression.

  • China gives ex-general suspended death sentence for bribery 
    Updated: Aug-10-15 8:43 am

    BEIJING - A military court on Monday gave a suspended death sentence to a general convicted of bribery and other crimes, the highest-ranking military officer to be tried since China's president began cracking down on corruption in the country's vast army.

  • Jury convicts ex-Russian soldier of terror-related charges 
    Updated: Aug-07-15 9:52 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal jury on Friday night convicted a former Russian military tank commander of planning and leading a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

  • The Latest: Jury convicts Russian veteran in Taliban attack 
    Updated: Aug-07-15 9:25 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - The latest on the federal trial for a Russian military veteran who is accused of leading a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan (all times local):

  • Ivory Coast convicts ex-leader's top security officers 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 8:10 pm

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Ivory Coast's military court on Tuesday sentenced the former head of security for the ex-first lady to 20 years in prison for acts related to the postelection crisis in 2011.

  • Nigeria: Review of soldiers condemned in Boko Haram war 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 1:23 pm

    LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's army is reviewing the courts-martial of more than 600 soldiers and officers, including dozens condemned to death for allegedly deserting the battle against Islamic extremists, according to an order received by The Associated Press on Sunday.

  • Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 10:47 am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.

  • Nebraska law students aid military veterans with legal needs 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 8:04 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - The University of Nebraska's College of Law is sending its students to help military veterans with matters related to estate planning, giving law students practical experience while helping a population in need.

  • Report: Pinochet covered up burning death of US resident story has photos
    Updated: Jul-31-15 5:16 pm

    SANTIAGO, Chile - U.S. documents published Friday indicate Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet covered up the military's role in the burning death of a 19-year-old U.S. resident during a 1986 protest, a case that drew worldwide condemnation and strained the regime's relationship with Washington.