Innocent Heroes

Leading the charge for change!

Innocent Heroes Movement!

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The Innocent Heroes Movement is a three-prong effort designed to bring a well-needed change within the United States Military Justice System! Innocent Heroes supports those Accused, those unjustly convicted and those Confined 

 

No one will speak for those who need us better than you. Join the Innocent Heroes movement and help protect those who protect us. 

U.S. Military Justice

 

At first glance, the United States Military Justice System appears to be a steadfast, no-nonsense entity, which holds service members to a much higher legal standard than its civilian counterpart. For the most part, this is true, although incomplete. Hidden beneath the walls of several military confinement facilities lies the truth about the United States Military Justice System. Servicemembers, convicted with no physical evidence, by a service they have dedicated their lives. Some call this justice; we call it unacceptable!

U.S. Military Trials

 

Most Americans are unaware that the military justice system and trial procedures significantly differ from the civilian court system. The military has the countries most inexperienced attorneys yet still manages a conviction rate of approximately 98%.  The rule of evidence in the military does not require proof of a crime. Prosecutors need only show the possibility that a crime was committed to convict. The old saying that in the military, you are guilty until proven innocent, is the primary reason for such a high conviction rate.

U.S Military Convictions

 

The President of the United States determines law within the military. After all, he is ultimately responsible for the welfare of soldiers. How can a democratic legal system exist when one man sets the bar?  Military Judges are appointed, not elected, which means they are not only bounded by laws set by the President; they are influenced by general officers who not only outrank them but oversee every trial. There is no question that military Judges are under pressure to convict, which also plays a factor in the conviction process. 

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Innocent Heroes

 

In a hidden and unfair justice system, The innocent heroes movement rallies, working tirelessly to free Innocent Heroes. We do this with the support of an extensive network, which we refer to as our voice. With the administrative and financial support of Brown Ribbon and its partners, we march for legal change that will bring about fairness for those who serve.  Our fantastic network sheds light on an unfair, impractical injustice system. With the use of media, social media, celebrity, and political input, Innocent Heroes will lead the charge for change.

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Accused Heroes

 

Our Heroes are accused, tried, and convicted in a legal system that hides its deficiencies behind the image of a "Higher Standard." They are isolated, kept ignorant until the last possible minute, given overworked representation, resulting in mistakes that military investigators and prosecutors use to their advantage. The stress of investigation and the fear of the unknown is sometimes overwhelming. Brown Ribbon provides online counseling, assistance allowing servicemembers the ability to understand the process and someone to talk to during this tough time. 

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Confined Heroes


Not all heroes are innocent of their crimes, yet they are still heroes and deserve our full support! Dealing with the pressures of military service, some members resort to acts that may not be just. However, we believe that most of them require intervention, instead of punishment. In addition, if the military holds servicemenber to a higher standard, they must hold military confinment facilities to a higher standar as well. Everything from the use of telephones, to internet access, there are many ways to increase the standards of the Military confinement facilities. 

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Accusations

 

The military policy on accusations leaves commanders with the burden of deciding to prosecute servicemember or not. A military commander can again be required to conduct a "Commander's Inquiry" to determine if the accusation requires an investigation; this allows both parties to be heard before an overzealous prosecutor, creating a monster. However, political pressure over the past fifteen years for the military to clean up certain reported crimes has left commanders reluctant to risk their careers on an inquiry. It is safer for the commander to go directly to the investigation process, which relieves the commander of any responsibility and places a case in the hands of investigators and prosecutors. While this may serve the commander well, it puts the servicemember in an unwinnable situation. Accused heroes often feel that the investigation process is the most stressful.

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Rule of Evidence


The most frustrating part of the military justice system is the Rule of Evidence. Unlike the civilian court system, the military does not have to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecution needs only show the possibility and have a witness who is willing to testify, opening a door for prosecutors to convict those who may not be guilty. Military prosecutors are the most inexperienced in the world as the majority of them are recruited directly from law school. Most use the military as a way to gain experience and prepare for their military career. This is problematic, as many are focused on gaining knowledge that they will prosecute any case, regardless of the evidence. The military rule of evidence allows for an extremely abnormal success rate. Once again, this is a nice ancillary benefit for the inexperienced prosecutors, but it places the servicemember in an unwinnable situation.

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Conviction tactics


To secure a conviction and build a solid resume, military prosecutors often resort to extortion tactics. How? Well, it is simple. They overload charges to paint a menacing picture. For example: if a service member is accused of pushing another soldier, the prosecutor will charge the soldier with 'Pushing, assault with the intent to maim, failure to follow orders, disrespect to a non-commissioned officer,' failure to obey regulations, and any other charge they could find to place on the ballot. From there, they calculate the sentence for each charge, which could end up being a maximum sentence of twelve years. From there, they take the isolated servicemember who they have left, ignored what is happening, and offer them a plea. If you plead guilty to pushing and assault, all other charges will be dropped. If not, we will charge you with all, and if convicted, you could get twelve years. What you think a frightened, isolated servicemember with an overworked TDS attorney will do? 

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Investigation

 

The investigation prosess can be the most stressful time for service members. As a general rule, the service member and/or his/her attourney are given very little information during this process. Even the charges that the servicemener is to face are kept secret until the refereal process. This gives prosecutors and unfair advantage. 

 

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TDS attorney

 

Trial defense attorneys, while dilligent and in most cases experienced, lack the ability to provide nessisary guidance to servicemenbers for many reasons. First, most are reluctant to tell a soldier what do do; therefore, listing the options and telling the servicemener to pick one is a safe way to prevent from being responsable for any disatisfied portion of the defense. The slogan "I can on advise you!' has become and epidimic with TDS attorneys. Secondly, most TDS attorneys are overworked. The caseloads can range from 10 to 25 cases for a single attorney. This makes a good defense nearly impossible and creates a push for  a plea deal by most TDS attorneys, which only increases the conviction rates within the military.  

 

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Post Trial

 

There are few timew when Service members are convicted, yet sentenced to no jail time, or returned to duty after a short confinement period. In theory this should be the end of the Servicemenber's challenges. Yet, that is far from the truth. It is just the beginning of struggles to come.

Referal of Charges 

 

Once charges are refered there are a series of next step items that must take place. The servicemenber continues being cut off from his/her unit, loss of security clearance which could often lead to loss of position an sometime a transfer to what some refere to as more deminining positions.   

 

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Admin Separation

 

Commanders, having service members who have been returned to duty by a military judge, now have the option to do what the Military Judge did not! Separate the servicemember from the service. Most commanders have alreadly labled a soldier guilty, and while he/she has decided not to do a commander's inquiry,  inquiry, they believe that the soldier was convicted fairly, or pled guilty because thet somehome found a moral streak and want to do what is right. Most will never know the true reasone behind the conviction or the plea; therefore, they believe that a separation is warented and the military allows for this double jeapardy. 

Awaiting Trial


Awaiting trial is a continuation of stress. In most cases the Trial Defense attorney assigned to the case is overworked and can not allocate the time need to mount a suitable offense. This makes the search for a plea deal priority in some casses and some TDA need to simply "Get files from the desk." Unfair?   


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 inquiry, they believe that the soldier was convicted fairly, or pled guilty because thet somehome found a moral streak and want to do what is right. Most will never know the true reasone behind the conviction or the plea; therefore, they believe that a separation is warented and the military allows for this double jeapardy. 

Confined Heroes...

Confined Heroes

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Estimated Confinement by Branch

ARMY


9859

 

8526 Innocent Soldier

NAVY/CG


8732

 

7221 Innocent Sailors

AIRFORCE


1143

 

825 Innocent Airmen

MARINES


2197

 

2001 Innocent Marines

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