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Military Justice System

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The United States has a comprehensive and vigorously protected system for ensuring the rights of defendants in criminal trials conducted in the State and Federal courts. Among these protections are the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent in lieu of making self-incriminating statements, the right to a trial by an impartial jury, the presumption of innocence, and the exclusion of evidence obtained in violation of the constitutional rights of the accused. The brave men and women of the United States armed forces have laid their lives on the line in defense of these rights and the others that we enjoy as American citizens, and yet they are systematically denied these same rights by the military justice system.
The military justice system has two important components: The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), which is essentially the set of laws that govern military personnel, and the Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM), which outlines the rules of procedure for courts-martial and the military rules of evidence. While, on the surface, these documents appear to establish a system very similar to the civilian court system that most Americans are familiar
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