On Tuesday I heard a great profile of Colby Vokey, a Marine Corps defense attorney who is resigning because of his concerns about abuses of the system. Daniel Zwerdling, Respected Marine Lawyer Alleges Military Injustices, All Things Considered, Oct. 30, 2007.
When he trains young Marine defense lawyers, he tells them "you have one loyalty, and that's to the client," Vokey said.
Top commanders said they appreciate and need courageous defense lawyers like Vokey.
"We are an American military," said Tom Hemingway, who retired earlier this year as Brigadier General and legal advisor at the Pentagon. "We're here to support American values, and one of the things that we have in our disciplinary system, as a requirement, is that the trial system be fair."