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

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Thursday, 13-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
This comes via "cut and paste" from Andy to Mary

"In peace nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility; but when the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger; stiffen the sinews, disguise fair nature with hard favour'd rage. . ."
- William Shakespeare ("Henry V")

At least now the message says “Because of a fiber cut, all non .gov/.mil/.edu/.org sites have been TEMPORARILY blocked. This is in accordance with CFLCC MINIMIZE policy Level 2” Apparently, a cable was cut under the ocean near Bahrain. So hopefully, we’ll be back in business. Until then, I think we may be able to do this with the able of assistance of my uber-secretary, Mary.

Today, was a pretty fruitful day. I felt better today because I pulled my sorry self out of bed early and hit the gym in the morning. My goal: to run a mile a minute slower than my wild woman wife. I, the fat boy is back in 190s, was approaching that goal when the treadmill readout said, “Treadmill cannot attain designated speed.” It was not that the treadmill won’t go that fast. It’s just that the treadmill will not go that fast with me on it. It sensed I was about to get sucked into the conveyor belt and go flapping around and around like George on the beginning of the Jetson’s.

The rest of the day I spent working on OER’s (officer efficiency report) still due from my reserve unit back in Denver and my OER support form for this term of service. My boss gave me a call yesterday and told me that he has decided to appoint me as the Senior Defense Counsel for Northern Iraq. That’s a great privilege that comes with more paperwork. What it really means is that in addition to trying cases, I’ll be in charge of leading, mentoring, supervising, and rating the attorneys and 27D's assigned to Northern Iraq.

Of course, I also did the more case prep. I may end up doing all/or part of 5 different cases in a 3-4 day sprint at the end of the month. One thing about Army judges that I appreciate—they go as late and as long as necessary to get the job done. Makes for little sleep though.

My favorite interview today was of a commander who felt like he/she (sex kept confidential for protection of the guilty) could make a good soldier out of a kid who was diagnosed with a severe psychiatric condition—just needed to give him one more chance. Of course, he “exhibited his symptoms” and is now being tried.

Tonight, did case file administration and set up interviews for tomorrow. Ellis, my trusty 27D, hung out in my office and we compared MP3 recordings of different jazz standards. While I worked, we listened to 5 different versions of My Funny Valentine and then 4 versions of A Foggy Day—Miles, Ella, Billie and the rest. Made time go faster.

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