Monday, July 28, 2014

Could this be a DOD story headline soon? HIV Discrimination in the Armed Forces

SANDF accused of HIV Discrimination

South Africa seems to be leading the way big time here.

The SANDF’s old health classification policy excluded people living with HIV from recruitment, external deployment and promotion in the military.

I have been using this as a guide to getting DOD to "wake up" and update our policies...
My own Army being the worse when it comes to blatant discrimination and malicious prosecution of soldiers.

HIV is a doesn't stop brave men and women from serving and contributing to the protection of the Nation.

The fear, stigma and prejudice against soldiers living with HIV is the real crime.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Comments and Recommendations for Reform of HIV Policies in the Military | The Center for HIV Law and Policy

CHLP Submits Comments and Recommendations for Reform of HIV Policies in the Military | The Center for HIV Law and Policy

"DOD is urged to include a clear and firm statement in the UCMJ that HIV cannot be used to trigger or support a charge for assault or aggravated assault; to rescind all “safe sex” orders limiting sexual activity for servicemembers living with HIV; and to issue universal sexual health guidance to all servicemembers regardless of HIV status."

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Students Fight Back Against False Allegations...As should we ALL

Students of False Allegations Fight Back...

"...there is a presumption of guilt put upon the accused.."

This single comment captures the entire issue

With regards to the US Military and the UCMJ...this politically charged feeding frenzy has not only diluted the plight of real victims, but it has caused an entire Legal Process to implode on itself

Innocent lives, families and communities are all suffering

Do real assaults happen - Sadly the answer is Yes and We all agree, but do people LIE and blame others for actions - Sadly the answer is also YES.

As always let me be very clear...

I have a ZERO TOLERANCE for any PROVEN assault of a man or woman...but...WE should ALL have a ZERO TOLERANCE for one innocent man or woman to be charged and jailed because a process did not investigate...because a commander didn't want to be questioned by a Member of Congress...because a young prosecutor is not capable of making an unbiased review of the case...

Our legal system says that there MUST BE PROOF...Beyond a Reasonable Doubt....

Then I (we) have the RIght to expect a full investigation of both parties...not just the accused...
Validate physical and Medical Facts...if any...

Investigate and Search the home of the allegation to invalidate the allegation...
DO what the Law requires and either validate a crime has occurred or DROP the CASE and Move on...

How much Money and Time is wasted by NOT doing your job to ensure that a crime has actually occurred? 

How many lives have been ruined by False Allegations?

And for the nay-sayers...Every report ever written says that False Allegations are REAL...I could care less about the actual number...

Just ONE False Allegation that leads to the conviction of an Innocent man or woman is one too many !!!

and YES - This could happen to you!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mandatory HIV Training for Prosecutors including ALL UCMJ officials

Mandatory HIV Training for ALL UCMJ Prosecutors

This should be a MANDATORY required block of instruction for all UCMJ SJA offices and representatives from the US ARMY JAG SCHOOL

Don't miss out on this opportunity

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

VIDEO: The Powerful “HIV is Not a Crime” Conference

VIDEO: The Powerful “HIV is Not a Crime” Conference

I am so grateful for Mark, and everyone at the conference, to help tell not just my story, but to shed light on these insane prosecutions.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

North Carolina: The US Army thinks your laws aren't good enough

Officer Cleared by Civilian law but Army doesn't care..

Here we go again...resources wasted...lives to be ruined...OERs to be inflated..

So who at Fort Bragg thought this was a good idea?

North Carolina civilian law investigates the allegations and determines there isn't enough or any evidence to press charges...STOP....

Think about that...with all the scrutiny of Sexual Assaults across this country a civilian authority does an in vestigation and says NO...

Then in a remarkable move, some "superior" legal mind wearing a uniform says, We don't care what you did North Carolina..."we" are better and will press charges anyway...

OK US CONGRESS...and specifically the entire North Carolina delegation, which receives $100's of millions of dollars for military assets in your state...How can this not get you raging mad at this?

And...US Army SJA and Commanding General...don't give me your BS about good order and conduct...You had an investigation completed and you should recognize and work with your state partner, but no...

A civilian legal authority did an investigation...and said there isn't enough,or anything, to proceed and press charges...

Where do you get off on wasting tax payers resources in the prosecution of this case?

This is EXACTLY what so many of us who have been abused and wrongly prosecuted have been talking about.

SECDEF...The Army just laid another example of the failed mountain of UCMJ failures.

Its time...

Remove all criminal process from the hands of incompetent military JAG officers and only Retain the unique war-time advisement capability in a uniformed JAG.

UCMJ is a Readiness issue and needs to be treated as such.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Allegations of Sexual Assault in the Military Up 50%??

COURT-MARTIAL LAWYERS: MILITARY DEFENSE LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD V. STEVENS AND FRANK J. SPINNER: Allegations of Sexual Assault in the Military Repo...: CIVILIAN COURT-MARTIAL DEFENSE LAWYER (Military Defense Lawyer) NEWS: According to a widely reported story today, allegations of sexual ...

All of us in uniform agree that there is ZERO TOLERANCE for any assault, but we cannot allow Innocent Lives to be lost at the expense of true justice.

We can defeat any enemy on the battlefield, but we continue to be our own worst enemy with issues like this at home...

Thank you Frank for trying to put this into perspective