Child porn cases appear to dominate the caseload handled by the various military appellate courts

This is strictly an unscientific sampling, but Suits & Sentences has observed in regular checks of military appellate court opinions that, more often than not, the underlying charges involve child porn. Maybe this reflects a serious child porn problem in the military. Maybe it reflects underlying potential vulnerabilities in child porn prosecutions. Maybe the cases themselves are simply so vivid that they seem to appear in greater number than they actually represent.

On April 30, for instance, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals considered the case brought by Airman Richard A. Usry. The appellate court upheld Usry’s conviction, with this effective rejoinder:

The appellant possessed over 30 video files showing explicit sex acts with children, and both sides addressed the appellant’s motivations in argument. The trial defense counsel told the military judge that the appellant was ‘simply curious because of his own abuse,’ and the trial counsel countered that viewing videos with names such as ‘Six Year Old Bedtime Rape’ is not some kind of therapy.”

Two of the five opinions rendered April 30 by the Air Force appellate court dealt with child porn.

One out of the four opinions issued by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces since April 30 dealt with child porn; in that case, downloaded by an Army specialist based at Forward Operating Base Loyalty in Iraq.

Two of the four cases decided April 30 by the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals dealt with child porn downloaded by a senior Marine enlisted man with 19 years of service.

On the other hand, none of the eight decisions rendered this year by the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals dealt with child porn. Way to keep it clean and thereby undermine the Suits & Sentences’ theory, Coasties

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