Is Military Law Appealing?
Criminal Bar Quarterly, Issue 2, Summer 2014
2 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2015 Last revised: 26 Aug 2015
Date Written: 2014
It has been said: ‘Military law is to law what military music is to music’. If this is supposed to mean that military law is boring and lacks imagination, then perhaps it is time to think again.
The high profile court martial of Marine A, now known to be Sgt Al Blackman, has brought attention to the military justice system, with strong sentiments being expressed as how the law should treat the Royal Marine, captured unsuspectingly in vivid footage from a headcam, in the blatant killing of a wounded Afghan insurgent. Convicted of murder, with the use of a firearm, by a Court Martial and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, as well as to discharge with disgrace from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Sgt Blackman’s case has now received treatment from the Court of Appeal (2014) EWCA Crim 1029.
Keywords: Case of R v Blackman, Legal framework of UK military operations, Military Justice
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