JAG-ged Edge
Trial Defense Services (TDS) Deployed
By: Andrew Efaw

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Tuesday, 11-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
The Telephone Game



So today I spent trying to ready files for trial and trying to track down sentencing witnesses. Sentencing witnesses--like parents, friends, counselors etc.--are a unique problem here. The government will not fly them over and doing telephonic testimony is very difficult because of the time difference and poor connections. So what I usually do is try to track down the witnesses and get them to e-mail me a letter of support. The Rules for Courts-Martial (RCM's) allow for that evidence in that form during sentencing E & M. So tonight, I call via DSN (Defense Switch Network) to Fort Bragg which connects me to an outside line. From there I call a 1-800 number to get to a calling card center, where I enter my calling card number (no the Army does not pay for this). Then I dial a number in Puerto Rico and its a bad cell phone connection answered by someone who does not speak English as his first language--and we go from there.


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