President Barack Obama on Monday nominated U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange to the board of trustees for the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Miles-LaGrange has been the chief judge in the western district of Oklahoma, based in Oklahoma City, since 2008. She has been a federal judge since 1994. She has also served as U.S. attorney and as an Oklahoma state senator.
The foundation, established by Congress, awards scholarships for graduate studies to students committed to a career in public service.…
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces _ the military’s highest appeals court _ has set oral arguments for April 23 in the case of 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, who was convicted in 2009 of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.
The arguments will be held at the court’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
Behenna, an Edmond native now serving a 15-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, was convicted of killing an Iraqi man that Behenna suspected of terrorism. Behenna was questioning the man when he shot him and claimed self-defense at his trial.…
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Magistrate Judge Robert E. Bacharach, who has been nominated for a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, has been given the highest rating from the American Bar Association: unanimously well-qualified.
Bacharach, who has been a federal magistrate judge in the Western District of Oklahoma, based in Oklahoma City, since 1999, was nominated by President Barack Obama on Jan. 23 for the appeals court. He would replace Robert Henry, who is now president of Oklahoma City University.…
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Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, released comments on the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to hear 1st Lt. Michael Behenna’s appeal:
Inhofe said, “We must ensure the rights of our service men and women are protected which includes the right to appeal. I support the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to ensure his trial was fair and included all the evidence.”
Lankford said, “The U.S.…
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces agreed on Friday to hear the appeal of 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, an Edmond native.
Here is the brief filed by Behenna’s attorneys asking the court to take the case:
The Army waived its right to file a brief in opposition, relying instead on the opinion from the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals rejecting Behenna’s claims of an unfair trial. That opinion is here:
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