CORE CRIMINAL LAW SUBJECTS: Witnesses: Generally


2013 (September Term)

United States v. Knapp, 73 M.J. 33 (it is the exclusive province of the court members to determine the credibility of witnesses).

2012 (September Term)

United States v. Brown, 72 M.J. 359 (MRE 611(a) provides that the military judge shall exercise reasonable control over the mode and order of interrogating witnesses and presenting evidence so as to (1) make the interrogation and presentation effective for the ascertainment of the truth, (2) avoid needless consumption of time, and (3) protect witnesses from harassment or undue embarrassment; similarly, pursuant to Article 36, UCMJ, the President has directed that military judges shall ensure that the dignity and decorum of the proceedings are maintained and exercise reasonable control over the proceedings to promote the purposes of the RCMs and the MCM; courts-martial should be conducted in an atmosphere that is conducive to calm and detached deliberation and determination of the issues presented, and the military judge should prevent unnecessary waste of time and promote the ascertainment of truth). 


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