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United States v. Over and Owen, 1920

[court martial]

United States v. Over and Owen

U.S. Military Headquarters, Tientsin
1920
Source: The Canton Times, 12 May 1920

 

Military Matters.

COURT MARTIAL PASSES SENTENCE ON SOLDIERS WHO RECENTLY MISBEHAVED THEMSELVES IN THE FRENCH Concession at Tientsin.

   Anyone who has studied the question will agree that no fairer tribunal than a Court Martial exists.  The procedure is such that a verdict is given and sentence is only passed after a vote has been taken of the members of the Court.

   Even after this has been done and the command approval has been given, the proceedings are reviewed by higher authorities and if there are defects in procedure, legal discrepancies or anything of that sort, the prisoner is given the benefit.

   In the case recently heard at U.S. Military Headquarters, Tientsin, in which two men were identified for having grossly misbehaved themselves and with having in one man's case, shot an F.M.C. Policeman, badly wounding him, sentence has been given as under:-

Private Clyde E. Over, Coy. H. and Meredith Owen, Coy. H. 15th Infantry:-

To be dishonourably discharged from the service, to forfeit all pay and allowances due or to become due and to be confined at hard labour at the Pacific Branch, United States Disciplinary Barracks for twenty years.

   The above is a severe sentence but it speaks highly for the sense of justice which animates the U.S. Military authorities at present stationed in the district and it will no doubt have the desired deterrent effect should others try to act in a similar manner. - N.C.D. Mail.

Published by Centre for Comparative Law, History and Governance at Macquarie Law School