In the class, they learn: 1) if a female has one drink of alcohol and has sex, then she was sexually assaulted/females cannot consent to sex after one drink; 2) If a woman engages in sexually activity, even kissing between a husband and wife, but did not give a verbal “yes” at every step, then they did not consent; and 3) if you claim that you were sexually assaulted, even if someone touches your butt on the dance floor, then you will get an automatic transfer to your base of choosing and will likely get military disability payments for the rest of your life. You get the benefits, even if your claim is proven to be false in a courtroom.
Military Attorney Michael Waddington was interviewed as a guest on the “Success Today” TV show, which will air on NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates across the United States
Yahoo Entertainment News – December 29, 2014
Attorney Michael Waddington Interviewed on ‘Success Today’ TV Show
Orlando, FL –Military defense attorney, Michael Waddington, recently finished filming an episode of the television show, “Success Today,” which will air nationwide on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates across the country in early 2015. “Success Today” features an interview format, hosted by TV personality Bob Guiney, from the TODAY Show and The Bachelor, interviewing some of the leading business, legal and financial minds from around the world.
“I was honored to be a guest on the show,” Michael remarked. “Many people are fascinated by the little-known world of military justice, which has a lot of interesting criminal cases, with an international twist. From war crimes to espionage, my job is always exciting, it’s like the movie ‘A Few Good Men,’ on steroids.”
In the interview, Michael talks about how he grew his law firm into one of the premier military defense firms in the world.
First, we take on select clients that we believe in and cases that are interesting and challenging, then, we fight like gladiators to get the best outcome possible.
The episode also discusses why Michael is passionate about defending military service members. “My father always taught me to stick up for the underdog and to speak up for those without a voice. It’s in my blood. I get a thrill out of fighting for someone who is facing overwhelming odds and winning,” he explained.
The Boston Globe – December 10, 2014 — Premier defense law firm Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC released “Real Costs of a Court Martial Conviction & Discharge,” a not-to-be-missed close-up look at what can happen if you’re found guilty in a military court case. Required viewing for any service member facing charges or under investigation, this comprehensive and highly informative program leaves no doubt about the potential consequences of losing a case. Even more importantly, it offers hope and presents a course of action for anyone in this desperate situation.
“It’s extremely important for people in this position to understand that they have options,” says Michael Waddington, a partner in Gonzalez & Waddington and one of the most recognized military defense lawyers in the U.S. “Hiring the right attorney can mean the difference between getting on with your life and losing everything you have. It’s not a choice to be made lightly. That’s why we created this video—to let people know what they’re facing and what they can do about it.”
“Real Costs of a Court Martial Conviction & Discharge” is a detailed, easy-to-understand primer that goes to great lengths to include everything that a service member needs to know about the costs of a guilty verdict and the benefits of having an experienced attorney on their side. It should be seen by anyone facing criminal charges in the military.
Editor’s note: Marc J. Randazza is a Las Vegas-based First Amendment attorney and managing partner of the Randazza Legal Group. He is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts and Nevada. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN) — Pundit Glenn Reynolds recently wrote: “So as I understand it, Atticus Finch is now the bad guy in “To Kill A Mockingbird,” because he doubted a story about rape.” How right he was.
A story with a rape allegation carries an immediate electric charge. In Jim Crow’s South, lynchings often came with a story of the victim having raped a white girl. With the energy of such a story, it wasn’t too hard to whip up a fury strong enough to leave a man hanging from a tree. The “rape propaganda” was necessary to garner the emotions necessary to press the real, dark, agenda.
Al Sharpton took a page out of the old South’s playbook and brought us Tawana Brawley, who accused six white men of raping her. The story of white-on-black crime resonated, and it helped to promote a social justice agenda, but Tawana Brawley was no more a rape victim than two white women in Scottsboro, Alabama, who falsely accused nine black teenagers more than 80 years ago.
What do these stories have in common? Someone had an agenda, and they knew that a rape story would put it on a rocket-powered toboggan.
And, therein lies the origin of today’s “rape culture” frenzy. This is not to say that there are not unreported and un-prosecuted sexual assaults. I have dear friends who suffered such injustice, and I believe their stories with every drop of blood in my body. I’ll bet that nearly everyone knows someone who has a verifiably true story. But, is that really “rape culture?” What does that silly phrase mean? It means the same thing as Jim Crow stories of rape meant. It means the same thing that Tawana Brawley meant. It means that someone has an agenda, and they want to harness the emotional power of rape to promote it.
This brings us to the University of Virginia. When Sabrina Erdely’s Rolling Stone story about a gang rape in a UVA frat house hit the presses, it went viral. Why? It was like a horror movie. I’ll admit that when I read it, my own prejudices rose up, and I believed “Jackie” (the victim in the story). I thought of my friends who had been harmed and couldn’t even begin to doubt that “Jackie” was telling the truth.
Why wouldn’t I believe her? The antagonists were a bunch of over-privileged white fraternity jerks from UVA, it seemed. The victim was yet another young woman who had had justice withheld. The story confirmed what I wanted to believe: that the elite run roughshod over the rest of us. It proved so much, and I “knew” which side was right. And it confirmed the bias of left-wing academics who have collectively decided that the “war on boys” must have more victims, because everything with a penis is a rapist.
As the story burned, cries of “rape culture” started to sound less like fairy tales and more like factual reports. All of a sudden, embattled sexual harassment policies on college campuses started to look good, perhaps unquestionable.
Opinion: UVA story always had ‘red flags’
Rolling Stone: Our trust was misplaced
Allegations of rape at UVA
These policies have been attacked by those who still believe in that quaint notion known as due process, and the tide started to turn. The Boston Globe recently ran the story of Patrick Whitt, who found himself falsely accused, and immediately judged guilty by mere suspicion.
But then we had Jackie. Rape culture was real, after all!
And then someone dared to question the story. Even I was aghast. How could he? This account was not published in some rag — this was Rolling Stone, a publication of editorial ethics. Some schools of feminist thought consider questioning a victim to be utterly taboo. If she said it, then it must be true. Such is the mentality of those who would lynch Atticus Finch, or at least call for his disbarment, if he were practicing in modern day America.
“Jackie” may not be Mayella Ewell, “Mockingbird’s” faux victim. I wasn’t there in that UVA frat house. But Jackie supposedly was. Nevertheless, the “journalist” who brought us the story has now been revealed to have been, at least, lazy and willfully blind to the holes in Jackie’s story. She claims that she never asked the men in the story for their account of events because of an agreement with Jackie.
And therein lie so many problems.
This is the kind of “believe the victim” mentality that is so darkly infecting academia. “Presumed guilty” is the new standard. Patrick Whitt is the new Tom Robinson, the black man accused of the rape in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Due process loses, ethics are out the window, because there is an agenda, and it needs the fuel of a rape story.
And who loses?
The casualty list is still being compiled. Terrible journalism or not, maybe Jackie was telling the truth. Maybe she was lying. If she was lying, the UVA Greek system already paid a terrible price. If she was telling the truth, she won’t ever be believed now. Why? Because Sabrina Erdely was so utterly void of journalistic ethics that she committed “journalistic malpractice.” Because now, nobody will believe Jackie.
And after Erdely’s lazy journalism, the next girl who reports a rape might find it to be that much more difficult to get to justice.
I don’t know what Erdely’s agenda was, but it wasn’t responsible journalism. Responsible journalism is hard. It isn’t public relations. A responsible journalist digs for the truth, she doesn’t just take her subject’s agenda and run with it. That isn’t journalism, that’s “gossip,” and like all gossip, it doesn’t do anything positive for anyone.
Attorney Michael Waddington Named Fellow by the Elite American Board of Criminal Lawyers
The Georgia-based military defense attorney becomes one of the newest members to be inducted into the ABCL, a highly selective honor society for accomplished criminal defense lawyers throughout the United States.
Fellowship in the ABCL joins a long list of accolades Waddington has accumulated over the years. Just earlier this year, he was listed in ‘Super Lawyers: Rising Stars,’ a list of the top 2.5% of lawyers in the State of Georgia, and also in the ‘Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the USA’ by The National Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Waddington defends serious criminal cases worldwide. Some of his high-profile cases have been reported on by major media outlets including CNN, The Rolling Stone, The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, Time, ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, the BBC and have been the subject of books and movies.
“Michael’s achievements are not only a sound testament of his professional aptitude as an attorney but also of his character and repute among his peers and the legal community,” said Timothy Bilecki, Managing Partner at The Bilecki Law Group, LLLC.
For more information about the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL), visit: http://www.abcl.us
About Gonzalez & Waddington, LLC:
Mr. Waddington defends serious criminal cases worldwide. Michael Waddington is a criminal defense lawyer defending service members worldwide at court-martial and administrative separation boards. He has successfully defended military personnel in Europe, the Middle East (Iraq, Kuwait), Central Asia (Afghanistan), the Pacific (Yongsan Korea, Camp Casey Korea, Okinawa Japan, Yokota Japan), and throughout the United States. Mr. Waddington has been involved in some of the most high-profile cases arising from the War on Terror.
U.S. v. Marine O-3 – Marine Forces Reserve, Naval Support Activity, New Orleans, LA – A married female Marine officer accused our client of rape. Our client took and passed two polygraphs. The alleged “victim” did not take a polygraph.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve
Basically, the female officer cheated on her husband with our client and lied to cover up the affair. The alleged victim had a history of lying and adultery. Because NCIS wants convictions, regardless of the truth, they ignored key evidence and failed to collect evidence that proved our client’s innocence. They also disregarded the two polygraphs.
Mr. Waddington and Capt David Segraves aggressively fought the allegations at Article 32. The NCIS agent was exposed as incompetent and corrupt. The Article 32 officer determined that our client was innocent of rape. The NCIS agent became angry after Article 32. He then launched a personal vendetta against our client, contacted his civilian employer and tried to get our client fired by claiming he was a rapist.
Luckily, we had the two polygraphs and the result from Article 32.
In the end, the rape charges were dropped and our client pled guilty to adultery (the alleged victim was married, not our client) and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman. As a reward, the alleged victim was given protected “Victim Status” and continues to serve as a Marine Officer. She was never disciplined for adultery or for lying.
Result: ALL SEX CHARGES dropped. The case was sent to a Special Court – Misdemeanor Level – for Adultery and Conduct Unbecoming
Sentence: NO sex offender registration, NO felony conviction, NO jail time, Restriction for 60 days, Forfeitures
U.S. v. Army E-8 – SOUTHCOM, Miami, El Salvador, Fort Sam Houston, TX – Client was a Special Forces soldier accused of violently raping and sodomizing a Salvadoran housekeeper. There was allegedly physical evidence, DNA evidence and numerous eyewitnesses that supported the claim. The El Salvadoran Government wanted our client in jail. To appease the Salvadorans, the American Government spared no expense to win this case. It became an international incident between the US & Salvadorans and Not Guilty was not an option for the US Government.
U.S. v. Army E-8 – SOUTHCOM, Miami, El Salvador, Fort Sam Houston, TX
However, our client took and passed a polygraph and provided evidence to prove his innocence to the US Government. SOUTHCOM disregarded all of his evidence and suppressed it at trial. They wanted to make an example out of this soldier and gain favor with El Salvador by sacrificing one of their own (regardless of his innocence).
To gain an upper hand, the prosecution denied almost all defense witnesses. However, they flew up numerous Salvadoran witnesses and several American witnesses to testify against our client. They also brought a Salvadoran doctor who tested that there was overwhelming physical evidence to prove rape.
To further stack the deck, the Army appointed one of the top Special Victim Prosecutors (SVP) in the Army. Then, they brought in a nationally known civilian prosecutor and expert in sexual assault prosecutions (similar to Nancy Grace) to work with the prosecution and get a conviction.
Mr. Waddington and Capt Dustin Murphy, along with legendary DNA expert, Dean Wideman, mounted a defense for our client with limited resources. We proved that the alleged victim was a hustler and liar, her husband most likely raped her, and that the DNA evidence proved our client’s innocence.
Client accused of sexually assaulting a male subordinate soldier. The “victim” claimed to be straight and alleged that our client repeatedly sexually abused and assaulted him. The prosecution portrayed our client as a gay sexual predator. Our client claimed that it was the victim that was harassing and assaulting him.
Mr. Waddington, without military co-counsel, fought the charges at the Article 32 hearing. We were warned that the case was “going forward to trial regardless of what the Article 32 officer recommended.” Undaunted, Mr. Waddington proceeded to fight the charges at Article 32 and confronted the alleged “victim” with devastating text messages and gay porn images that the “victim” took of himself and sent to our client. The lying “victim” thought the images no longer existed because our client’s phone was destroyed. The images were forensically recovered by a private lab for use in defense of our client. At first, the victim denied the images and then, when confronted, he claimed they were taken and sent “by accident.” Another lying Government “victim” was exposed.
U.S. v. Marine Corps E-4 – Marine Corps Base Hawaii – Client accused of aggravated sexual assault on a fellow Marine, false official statement to NCIS and adultery (client’s wife was a Marine). Client allegedly confessed to NCIS in writing and in a video taped statement, which were shown to the jury. NCIS and the USACIL crime lab found DNA evidence and semen. The alleged victim purportedly drank over 18 shots of tequila and numerous mixed drinks before she claims to have passed out. Mr. Waddington, along with Capt Jason Morris, fought the case in front of an enlisted jury. Result: NOT GUILTY OF THE SEX OFFENSE, NOT GUILTY OF LYING TO NCIS, GUILTY OF ADULTERY.
Sentence: No jail time, NO Discharge, 2 grade reduction, restriction, 45 days hard labor without confinement, forfeitures
Client accused of DUI, hitting and killing a pedestrian with his car, hitting and dismembering another pedestrian, fleeing the scene and other charges. Mr. Waddington and his hard hitting co-counsel LT Jessica Pyle, battled the Government for over 7 months. Finally, the Government accepted a deal with a 2 year maximum. At the sentencing, the military judge sentenced the client to 8 years in prison (client will serve about 20 months). Result: 2 years, DD, E-1, TFP
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We have successfully gone to bat for and acquitted American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coasties living around the world. Read our court-martial experience with various defense attorneys. For over twenty years, our criminal defense counsel aggressively defend NSA Bahrain US Military personnel suspected of sex crimes, theft, Aggravated Assault – Article 128, UCMJ, Carnal Knowledge, Absence Without Leave – Article 86, UCMJ, or Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentlemen – Article 133, UCMJ. We also defend against other crimes under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.
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Unlike most criminal defense lawyers or your delegated military defense counsel, taking plea deals is not something we commonly do. When our civilian defense lawyers take an accused service member, our military criminal defense counsel forces the government to divulge the discovery and prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. We take nearly every charge to a trial and fight the allegations in front of a military panel.
Whether you are dealing with accusations for Sexual offenses, Assault – Article 128, UCMJ, Indecent Act, Attempts – Article 80, UCMJ, or Larceny and Wrongful Appropriation – Article 121, UCMJ, our criminal defense counsel’s court-martial results should be compared with other criminal defense attorneys The defendant and his or her desired outcome is our chief concern we take on a case. Our defense attorneys keep lighter caseloads than the typical appointed military defense lawyer so that we can focus on each client individually. Your case will not be outsourced to a third party, and we will not power you into taking a dive at the eleventh hour. Our court martial counsel has successfully defended military trials and administrative separation proceedings in the US and worldwide.
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Our firm’s other founding attorney, Michael Waddington, graduated from Temple Law School in Philadelphia, PA, and is a current member of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, one of the most prestigious legal groups of some of the top defense lawyers in the United States.
Furthermore, a few of his cases were made into documentary films, such as “Killings at the Canal,” a CNN documentary special that unveils what caused the murders of Iraqi terrorists by Army soldiers. He also regularly teaches military and civilian lawyers on criminal defense. Our experienced NSA Bahrain hard-core civilian military defense lawyers will use our training to fight your court-martial or administrative separation (ADSEP) case at NSA Bahrain.
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US service members working at NSA Bahrain deserve unyielding military defense attorneys to represent them at their court-martial or ADSEP hearing. Therefore, if you or a loved one are located at NSA Bahrain and are accused of a UCMJ crime such as Sexual crimes, Aggravated Assault – Article 128, UCMJ, Sexual Assault, Title IX Sexual Misconduct Allegations, or Property Other Than Military Property of United States—Waste, Spoilage, or Destruction – Article 109, UCMJ or if you are sent to a reprimand then reach out to our relentless court-martial defense lawyers right away.
Overview of NSA Bahrain
The United States provided advanced air and missile defense systems to Bahrain and other GCC member countries in cooperation with US forces in the region to help build a collective missile shield against Iran. The NSA Bahrain was the main base in the Middle East for naval and naval activities in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedoms (OIF), which was renamed Operation New Dawn (OND) at the end of the Iraq War. The NSA shifted in 1971 to the US Government, now provides support, logistics, supply and protection for the Navy, exchange facilities, morale, welfare, and recreational programs for the US Army and coalition assets.
The primary function of the Bahrain Naval Base is to coordinate and support US naval operations in the Gulf and the surrounding region. Units stationed there to support the Navy in Bahrain include the US Naval Command and the United States Fifth Fleet. In addition, commanders of the naval forces in the region (Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia) are also responsible for the NSA camp Bahrain in Djibouti.
The Bahrain base also supports security missions in nearby regions such as the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, and parts of the Indian Ocean, such as near the coast of East Africa near Kenya. The United Kingdom, Kuwait, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, and the United States are part of the CTF-152. One of three task forces in Bahrain with the Combined Maritime Forces coalition (CMF) of 25 countries operates in CTF-152. In addition, naval support activities in Bahrain provide operational support to US and coalition forces operating from CENTCOM AOR and ensure the safety of ships, aircraft, and troops in remote locations.
The Naval Support Activity Bahrain (NSA Bahrain) is a United States Naval Base in the Kingdom of Bahrain, home of the United States as the Headquarters of the 5th Fleet of the US Navy. Bahrain houses approximately 7,500 sailors and other personnel. In 1997, under the auspices of the Military Construction Program, a facility was built in Juffair, leading to what is now known as Naval Support Activities Bahrain.
WASHINGTON, DC – Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain is one of five recipients of the Commander-in-Chiefs Annual Award for Installation Excellence 2021, which recognizes outstanding and innovative people who run and maintain US military facilities. The NSA Bahrain, the main operational base of the UN Central Command, earned the award for the phenomenal support of 31 US and coalition warships stationed ashore, which increased readiness and lethality of warplanes against the backdrop of heightened regional tensions with Iran and the COVID-19 pandemic. Outside Naval Support Activities Bahrain is the headquarters of the US Fifth Fleet, where 7,500 American sailors are stationed to supervise naval operations in the volatile United States. It is a cluster of bars, nightclubs, and apartment blocks—Central Command of the Middle East.
Greg Smith, the current commander of NSA Bahrain, said that the Navy was reducing interactions between sailors and prostitutes. He declared certain facilities in Bahrain taboo for sailors and hammered home that such behavior was contrary to Navy values. The base follows the guidelines of the Bahraini government for contact tracking, testing, and isolation. Because the US naval base in the Gulf, where the Fifth Fleet of the Navy is based, lives close and works close to the base, US citizens must wear masks and maintain a social distance, Smith said, adding that he was not allowed to divulge the number of registered cases.
Fifth Fleet officials this week refused to answer questions about what is being done to protect troops and families stationed in Bahrain. Including the more than 2,000 American military personnel and several thousand other supporters who work at the 100-acre Command Center in Jaffar, a suburb of Manama Capital, the family of the United States military community in Bahrain totals more than 6,000 people. While Rebecca Wasser, a senior policy analyst at RAND Corporation, focuses on US defense and foreign policy in the Middle East, and other regional analysts said they did not expect a mass militia attack on the naval base, Bahrain is far from isolated. An attack on US personnel remains a simple form of terrorism that could reverberate far beyond Manama.
Leaders of several Bahrain-based militias condemned Soleimani’s killing in a January 3 statement translating by Middle East Media Research Institute. With President Trump’s Twitter-fueled rhetoric against Iran and Tehran’s vows of revenge, regional analysts say that US military personnel in Bahrain as part of the 5th Fleet represent a unique target and opportunity for Iranian-backed cells. However, other experts say Bahrain’s security forces have eradicated these groups in recent years.
One is the Al-Ashtar Brigade, a group dedicated to overthrowing Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy. According to Navy documents, grant joined Naval Surface Squadron 5 in Bahrain in 2017 under the command of the captain and was recruited as a consultant. In addition, Lin Raiwest was a prostitute in Bahrain from 2014 until 2018 and a secret NCIS informant according to Navy and court records.
We provide primary health care for over 4500 beneficiaries and medical support to more than 15,000 sailors, marines, and other DoD personnel operating in central command halls. Grant was chief of operations and emergency operations officer for Fleet Hospital Eight in support of Operation Enduring Iraqi Freedom at Naval Hospital Bremerton from June 2004 to July 2007, where he also served as Medical Placement Officer for the Junior Medical Service Corps (HCA), an operational officer responsible for the career management and deployment of approximately 600 Navy health care administrators worldwide. Previously, he served as regional director for Marine Medical Forces Atlantic in Portsmouth, Virginia, supporting 21 commandos on three continents with 26,000 personnel.
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Military law forms the backbone of the military’s legal system and applies to all active duty, national guard and reserves, and retired armed forces personnel across all branches. If you or someone close to you has been charged with a crime under the UCMJ, you must turn to military defense lawyers for help right away. Find a hard-hitting criminal defense counsel at Gonzalez & Waddington. As a former member of the US Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), implacable court-martial defense counsel, Michael Waddington has a history of helping the NSA Bahrain American US military in punitive and administrative cases.
NSA Bahrain American US military needs to know their rights. American Service members have the Constitutional right to be defended by civilian defense attorneys, so don’t wait to retain court-martial defense counsel like those at Gonzalez & Waddington, Attorneys at Law. To begin defending your charges, contact the experienced defense lawyers at Gonzalez & Waddington to arrange a consultation with one of our court-martial defense lawyers.
Court-martial defense attorneys at Gonzalez & Waddington, Michael Waddington & Alexandra Gonzalez-Waddington, will handle your case from start to finish. Dedicated and ferocious court-martial defense lawyers at Gonzalez & Waddington provide worldwide representation. We provide you with the personal attention you need to fight for your freedom and rights in these stressful times. At Gonzalez & Waddington, Attorneys at Law, our aggressive military defense lawyers at Gonzalez & Waddington, have experience of crimes committed in the military.