OK, this one is personal. Just as I'm reviewing this book I'm personally engaged in an appeal to the Board of Corrections of military records on behalf of an old shipmate and subordinate. The consensus of opinion of his former unit and nearly everyone who is familiar with the case except those charged with defending the service's errors are pretty sure that he fell victim to a search for a scapegoat and an example, that resulted in undue higher command influence and worse. At least this book assures me that my old shipmate is not the first victim of military injustice, nor is every victim always the defendant, some times the guilty go free to protect higher ups. Unfortunately it also offers no assurance that corruption won't raise its head in the system in the future. But I suppose that is true of every legal system on earth and is not a reason for scrapping a system that works most of the time as its should. As the book jacket says:
"Throughout American military history there have been incidents whereby men and women of all the armed services have run afoul of the system. Questionable Conduct recounts stories of individuals who found themselves in an adversarial position with the United States military. Each legal case is unique in circumstance, but all have in common the component of soldiers versus the military hierarchy. Some individuals were acquitted and others were convicted, with penalties ranging from imprisonment to death. A portion of incidents were covered up by the military or by superiors. What is similar about all of the cases is that each one serves as an illustration that ensuring military justice, especially in the midst of armed conflict, is both a challenge and a necessity in a free society"
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