HE GETS OFF "SCOT-FREE" - AIR FORCE
Now we've seen everything!
An Air Force JAG colonel, convicted at court-martial on three counts of larceny, failure to obey a lawful order, and conduct unbecoming an officer, is getting off scot-free!
No punishment for well-connected Col. Michael Murphy, the former commander of the USAF Legal Actions Agency in Washington. His slick lawyers found a loophole - or should we say "escape hatch" - in the fact Murphy spent five years working for the Bush White House in a "confidential capacity."
"So what?" Sgt. Sad Sack or Capt. Crunch might say. Well, it does matter, because Murphy's legal beagles jumped on the refusal by the White House to disclose just what Murphy did for them. Since that "hinders" the lucky colonel's defense team from acquiring their client's complete military record, it gives Murphy not only a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card, he doesn't even have to GO TO JAIL, if convicted.
And he was! Convicted at Bolling Air Force Base this week, we mean. If that had been you or I, dear reader, we would have faced up to 41 years in the slammer and loss of pension and benefits. As it is, Murphy can laugh all the way to the door marked "EXIT" as he keeps his fat-cat colonel's pension intact.
So much for Air Force "core values."
This exercise in absurdity (an example of how powerful people protect each other - are you reading this Gen. Fiscus? - ought to boil the blood of 99.9% of the men and women in Blue who have been victimized by failed leadership - first, fired and disgraced Chief of Staff T. M. Moseley and then his successor, (can you spell "Jill Metzger" cover-up?), Gen. Norton Schwartz.
Murphy showed up on investigator's radar in November 2006 after someone leaked the fact Murphy had been disbarred as an attorney in Texas during the early 1980's. Soon, OSI discovered the senior JAG officer had also lost his license to practice law in Louisiana.
This means that Col. Murphy, while helping to send lesser people - read that, low-ranking enlisted members and junior officers - to Leavenworth DB, won't have to go to Kansas himself. Isn't that sweet? Now do you understand why we are no longer surprised when complaints coming in about Air Force crime and corruption dwarf those we receive about the Army, Navy and Marine Corps combined.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2007, when we first broke this story (see CAUGHT! AIR FORCE COLONEL RELIEVED etc.) this is what we saw in the future: "We predict, when all is said and done, this fraudulent Air Force lawyer will be reduced in grade and allowed to retire on his pension with not one day spent in the slammer. Well, we almost nailed it on the head. Murphy keeps his undeserved colonel's "chicken wings."]
|AIR FORCE JAG ESCAPES PUNISHMENT
COL MICHAEL MURPHY GETS CHRISTMAS GIFT
FROM USAF COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
JUDGE'S RULING MURPHY CANNOT BE DISCIPLINED
(EVEN IF CONVICTED AT COURT-MARTIAL) UPHELD
DISBARRED IN TWO STATES FOR OVER 20 YEARS
JAG BRASSHAT LUCKS OUT - TOO BAD FOR AIR
FORCE PERSONNEL HE MAY HAVE HELPED SEND
TO LEAVENWORTH WHILE UNQUALIFIED
|DROP NINE OF TWENTY-TWO COUNTS AGAINST
CORRUPT AIR FORCE JAG COLONEL - WILL TOP
BRASS GIVE MICHAEL T. MURPHY A "SLAP ON
THE WRIST" AND EASE HIM OUT BACK DOOR?
MURPHY MAY "CUT DEAL" AND PLEAD GUILTY
AVOIDING TRIAL - BUT EVEN IF CASE GOES TO
COURT-MARTIAL, WELL-CONNECTED COLONEL
LIKELY TO AVOID JAIL TIME - PROBABLY WILL
END UP WITH FINE AND REDUCTION IN GRADE
AIR FORCE JAG COLONEL RELIEVED
OVER GEN. FISCUS
“WRIST-SLAP” – HUNDREDS OF E-MAILS
POUR IN – VAST MAJORITY CONDEMN
“DOUBLE-STANDARD” OF “JUSTICE”
MOST WANT FISCUS COURT-MARTIALED
HIS BUDDY, GEN. COOK, WHO GOT HIM
OFF EASY, “GCMCA” IN CASE WHERE
FEMALE NCO FACING COURT-MARTIAL
FOR HAVING SEX WITH A FELLOW E.M.
AT SHEPPARD AFB – ANOTHER CASE OF
“DIFFERENT SPANKS FOR DIFFERENT
RANKS?” – STOP THIS OUTRAGE! – COOK
MUST BE MADE ACCOUNTABLE