LtCol Lakin Court Martial Verdict: Guilty

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News of Lakin pleading guilty came two days ago, but I was too dispirited to post it.

How can this court martial be fair and just when the defendant, Army surgeon Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, was denied the right of discovery? The military judge refused to grant the defense discovery documents of Obama’s birth certificate and school records — not even his kindergarten records — because those documents might be “an embarrassment” to Obama. In so doing, Judge Denise Lind effectively stripped Lakin’s attorneys from mounting a defense.
Lakin’s court martial was a kangaroo court. We can only hope that he eventually will be vindicated by history.

“I have always been convinced, and I am convinced now more than ever, that as history unfolds, truth will out. To be sure, the years may drag on, repression may be fierce, calumny may destroy human beings. Nevertheless, the fact remains that those who have the moral courage to speak the truth will be recognized by history as upright men.” -David Rousset, “Speech for the Prosecution,” 1958.

H/t beloved fellows Tina and Steve.

Military jury: Prison, dismissal for Army birther
By Jessica Gresko – AP – Dec 16, 2010
FORT MEADE, Md. – An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama’s eligibility to be commander in chief was sentenced by a jury Thursday to six months in a military prison and will be dismissed from the Army.
The military jury spent nearly five hours deliberating punishment for Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin on Thursday after three days of court martial proceedings at Fort Meade, outside Baltimore, Md.
Lakin was convicted of disobeying orders — he had pleaded guilty to that count — and missing a flight that would have gotten him to his eventual deployment. An army commander, Maj. Gen. Karl Horst, still has to approve the sentence returned by the jury and has the option to reduce it. Lakin could then appeal.
In online videos posted on YouTube, Lakin aligned himself with the so-called “birther” movement that questions whether Obama is a natural-born citizen, as the Constitution requires for presidents, and said he was inviting his own court martial.
But Lakin said Wednesday that despite his questions about Obama’s eligibility for office, he was wrong not to follow Army orders. He acknowledged that the Army was the wrong place to raise his concerns about Obama, asked to keep his job and said he was now willing to deploy.
“I don’t want it to end this way,” Lakin told the jury Wednesday under questioning from his lawyer. “I want to continue to serve.”
Military prosecutors disagreed. On Thursday morning, a military prosecutor asked the jury to sentence Lakin to at least two years in a military prison and to dismiss him from the service. It was a sentence he “invited and he earned,” military prosecutor Capt. Philip J. O’Beirne told the jury.
The prosecutor said Lakin had other options such as resigning or asking not to be deployed if he had issues with his orders. Instead, he used his deployment earlier this year as a political ploy, O’Beirne said, going to great lengths to create a “spectacle” by informing people of what he was doing.
“He knew exactly what he was doing and he did it anyway,” O’Beirne told the jury, asking members to send a message with their sentence and telling them they could “write the headline” that appears in papers about Lakin.
But Lakin’s defense attorney, Neal Puckett, asked the jury to be lenient, calling Lakin’s case unique. He described the 17-year veteran as giving, compassionate and patriotic but also naive in trusting the poor advice of a previous civilian lawyer. He called Lakin the “victim of an obsession,” referring to questions about Obama’s eligibility, and said he made “one bad decision on one day of his career.”
Puckett asked the jury to consider Lakin’s wife and three children at Christmas and said he should be allowed to stay in the Army because of his value as a doctor.
“Make him work off his debt to the Army,” Puckett said, suggesting Lakin could be sent on multiple deployments.

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0 responses to “LtCol Lakin Court Martial Verdict: Guilty

  1. I am not surprised at the prosecution’s statements but I am appalled at Lakin’s defense lawyer’s statements. I admired Lakin for challenging his orders and do not understand why he and his lawyer gave up. For his lawyer to describe his client as naive is demeaning. We all know that Lt. Col Lakin is telling the truth. Mr. Obama/Soetero/ Soebarkah is not eligible to serve due to his birth in Kenya, his British citizenship, his Indonesian adoption, his fraudulent social security numbers and his fake Selective Service registration. The courts have closed their eyes to the truth. The justices have closed their ears to the truth. The legal teams speak in lies.
    I am very sorry for Lt. Col Lakin for his court martial, jail term and the financial ramifications but I am even more sorry that he lost his principles when he declared himself guilty. I know I am not standing in his shoes but I think if I jumped off the roof like he did with a declaration of Obama’s ineligibility I would want to stand tall knowing that I was speaking the truth. The military chain of command and the judge are dishonoring their oath of office and our country and the Constitution are weaker because of it.

  2. I think the Judges and everyone involved is either a supporter of the biggest liar, deciever and a threat to the USA for not upholding the Constitution of the United States of America, . Each involved should be tried and convicted of treason, misuse of office of which they are sworn to uphold, where is the UCMJ????? I would like to be a witness to prove the UCMJ is not fair. All military should lay down arms and come take over the gov and restore what the liar has done to the USA.. The military should resign and not support the Kenyan born bum. Lets take back America, God Bless America

  3. Lakin got the shaft, but not entirely from the court but his attorney as well.
    So after all he’s been through, he gets jail time, will be dishonorably discharged, and no pension for his service to the country. I believe had he stood his ground, been convicted on all counts, that more in the military, retired military, and civilians would have actively come forward in support of him.
    O’Reilly in true fashion mentioned the case tonight on his show, but he and Megan failed to mention the facts of the case (denied Lakin discovery) and ends all of his bogus statements with “If your in the military, you must follow orders.”
    Umm… yes Mr. O’Reilly, but only those that are lawful and constitutional. Pathetic O’Rielly, as your anti-birther rhetoric has lost you a devoted viewer.

  4. I understand that appeal is allowed. However, this is not entirely clear, as one source says that one can appeal only if the sentence is over a year. Can anyone throw light on this?

  5. Lakin can file a civil eligibility suit (or perhaps a Quo Warranto) independently from the appeal. The judge will have difficulty denying to rule on merit based on Standing, as he suffered “injury”. However, the Judiciary Branch is hell-bent to protect the secret, and a judge would find some other reason not to hear it on merit (like the “political question” doctrine for example.)
    No judge will allow discovery as long that this regime is in power. Under a new administration Lakin’s honor could be restored.
    At this point, he loses nothing more by filing a civil lawsuit and appeals at the same time.

  6. I was saddened when hearing about this case’s outcome and commentary on the O’Reilly Factor.
    What remedies can Lakin seek? Could an appeal to the Supreme Court or future pardon correct this situation?


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