Monthly Archives: July 2016

Three Days in August

Three Days in August (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. You can order a copy at http://ThreeDaysInAugust.com/  What people are saying about Three Days in August... “Three Days in August, vividly captures the horrors a military service member and his family face when falsely accused in the military.” Michael Turpiano, Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran “Well-written and [...]

By |2016-07-27T06:32:40+00:00July 27th, 2016|Education, False Allegations, Military News, Military Sexual Assault Prevention|Comments Off on Three Days in August

Author Bob McCarty shares insights with Save Our Heroes in San Antonio

Bob has spent over a decade of his life writing/advocating for military service members and their families. He has written thousands of opinion articles and investigative reports. Bob has reported on notable cases such as Save Our Heroes very own SFC Kelly Stewart, MSgt Michael Silva and Maj Christian “Kit” Martin. Bob’s first nonfiction book, Three Days In August (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st [...]

By |2016-07-26T20:29:14+00:00July 26th, 2016|Military News|Comments Off on Author Bob McCarty shares insights with Save Our Heroes in San Antonio

Special Victims Counsel

The Special Victims Counsel (SVC) program has introduced another imbalance against the accused in the military justice system. While undoubtedly well-meaning, it disadvantages those accused of sexual assault by limiting or even denying access entirely to witnesses. It also introduces the notion that sexual assault victims are parties to a criminal case, which goes against the principles of both civilian criminal law and military justice. The SVC program already has created [...]

By |2016-07-25T07:39:18+00:00July 25th, 2016|Education, Military Sexual Assault Prevention|Comments Off on Special Victims Counsel

Heroes on Capitol Hill

“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Doolittle, 1942 Falsely Accused Military Service Members Share their Stories on Capitol Hill. U.S. Air Force Major Michael Turpiano, Technical Sergeant Aaron Allmon, and former West Point Cadet Trent Cromartie met with legislative staffers, senators and congressmen in 21 senatorial and congressional offices. These “survivors” of the military’s sexual assault witch-hunts shared their stories about how lives/careers were ruined [...]

By |2016-07-19T03:17:57+00:00July 19th, 2016|False Allegations, Military Justice, Military News, Military Sexual Assault Prevention|Comments Off on Heroes on Capitol Hill

Happy 1st exoneration anniversary, Major Eric Smith!

On July 17, 2015, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals vacated Smith’s conviction and ordered a new trial. The decision did not mention the DNA test results, but held that Smith’s attorney failed to provide an adequate legal defense. The court concluded that Smith’s lawyer’s “failure to properly investigate and evaluate the validity, strength and relevance of the hair follicle test…was unreasonable under prevailing professional norms….This was exculpatory evidence that, [...]

By |2016-07-18T01:59:53+00:00July 18th, 2016|Military Justice, Military News|Comments Off on Happy 1st exoneration anniversary, Major Eric Smith!

Air Force Town Hall 20 July 2016

Gen. David L. Goldfein, what are you going to do to address the injustices within the military justice system? One particular issue is that there far too many cases in which military commanders send baseless charges to trial, regardless of the facts. Even a military judge's official recommendation for dismissal of charges can be completely disregarded. This is an serious injustice to our service members, and enforces a complete lack of [...]

By |2016-07-18T00:13:51+00:00July 18th, 2016|Military News|Comments Off on Air Force Town Hall 20 July 2016

AVVO.com is a scam!

AVVO.com is a scam! “If it's too good to be true, then it probably is.” AVVO.com is a site where you can find lawyers and look at reviews from the lawyers previous clients. While there seems to be some good features on AVVO.com and it has a lot of potential, many consumers to include Save Our Heroes view the site as a scam. Customer reviews of AVVO rate at a pathetic [...]

By |2016-07-16T18:16:12+00:00July 16th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on AVVO.com is a scam!

Bill of Rights

SIXTH AMENDMENT  RIGHTS OF ACCUSED IN CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS  In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an IMPARTIAL JURY of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have [...]

By |2016-07-16T02:05:53+00:00July 16th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Bill of Rights

Recent UCMJ Changes Creating Exceedingly Precarious Situations

“Until new legislation corrects the imbalances recent changes to the UCMJ have created, Soldiers accused of sexual assault and related offenses will find themselves in an exceedingly precarious situation. Once accused, the wheels of justice are now rigged towards preferring charges and referring charges to trial. There, a Soldier can be convicted by as few as four out of five individuals, all handpicked, all of whom are rated on their support [...]

By |2016-07-15T19:19:16+00:00July 15th, 2016|Military Justice|Comments Off on Recent UCMJ Changes Creating Exceedingly Precarious Situations