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    Movie: A few good men.......

    I never had the unfortunate privilege of an NJP or court martial!
    So in the movie there was a full bird as judge and seemed an awful lot like a civilian court room?
    Any truth to the movie line or Hollywood liberties?

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    Gary...I did 20 courts-martial as a USAF JAG and 32 administrative discharge boards at a big Air Force base. The movie was accurate.Like a civilian courtroom, as you said. Judges travel the circuits and are usually Maj, Lt Col or full Colonel. In fact, the constitutional protections are all there and there are even more safeguards than in civilian courts. A guilty plea in a court martial takes ten times the amount of time for the same thing in civilian court


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    They were having a General Court Martial, so a full bird JAG judge isn't terribly surprising considering on of the prime witnesses was also a full bird. Having testified in several general courts martial and a lot of civilian trials, yes, there is a great deal of similarities between them, especially in a General CM where the defendants were facing some serious brig time. No, I never appeared in front of a colonel JAG judge. The highest was a major. I'm sure USMC 2571 can chime in here.


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    Already did, Chris.


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    Yeah, a guilty plea in a civilian court can go pretty fast unless it's a murder case and the defendant is smart enough to put the proofs on the record and not try to beat around the guilty bush.


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    Remember Jack Nicholson hollered on and on? After 5 seconds of that the military judge would have had him forcibly removed from the courtroom


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    That's undoubtedly true. I never saw anyone act out in a court martial. Saw it plenty of times in civilian courts though.


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    Yep, and they got consequences


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    One guy i represented in a jury trial called the judge Judge Judy. When she sentenced him later, that remark figured into his prison sentence. It was a costly comment.


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    Evidently ya'll don't know the true story on this. Jack Nicholson was a very good Con-man. He had been posing as a Marine Officer for many years. The truth is he escaped from a Mental Institution called the "Coo-Coo Nest". Then forged papers and joined the Corps. Next time check your History before posting....Seems like I'm always having to clean up ya'll's uneducated mess. Besides, Dave was an Air Farce JAG Officer. A General Court-martial there was something like an Airman cutting the ribbon on a type-writer or throwing spit-wads on the mirrors in the Head. Every once in a while a really serious incident would happen. Dave told me once that he represented the Government in a case involving an Airman who went to the PX while he was on a 48 hr. restriction to his Company Area. He said he was exhausted after that 15 min. Court-martial......


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    Why did you have to wander in here and tell the truth, Billy? You weren't even under oath.


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    Thanx Marines!.......I thought the whole thing was a Hollywood farce!.....WRONG!


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    Nah, it was true to life. Let me know of anything else specific about it that looked like it might not be authentic


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    I think normally the USMC JAG office would've gone to Gitmo but if it's Navy it throws in that element of rivalry that spices up the story.


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    Well. A LT JG .Cruise bossing around a LT Female !


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