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    Is anyone here well versed in military law or know someone who is?

    I have an interesting scenario and am curious as to how it would play out.

    Case is...

    A private is ordered into battle. He refuses and is court-martialed.

    His defense is that he was obeying an order from a higher authority - the Commander-in-Chief.

    It seems that during his training, the president visited the base and did a meet and greet with some of the personel. Shaking hands, uttering pleasantries and so forth.

    When he came to this particular private, his words were, "Stay safe."

    Of course, our private took this literally. Going into battle was not staying safe.

    So... there you have it.

    Any feelings/knowledge on how this would go down? Would the president be called to testify? Even if he could remember this private and what he said to him.

    I don't have a story to go with this. It's mainly for my own curiosity, but if anyone can see a story in it, feel free to take the ball and run with it. It might have made for an interesting episode of JAG.


  • #2
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    Unless this private is Forrest Gump, this story will never work.
    I'm never wrong. Reality is just stubborn.


    • #3
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      Army they would say - oh, yeah, okay.

      Marines they would just shoot the private.

      There you go!


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      • #4
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        The movie would be about three seconds long:

        Protag: I was acting on the Presidents personal orders when he told me to stay safe.
        Army Rep: Do you have that in writing?
        Protag: No.
        Army Rep: Well, here are your written orders to go to battle, good bye.


        • #5
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          Maybe don't have your protag as the soldier but maybe make him a lawyer or even political opponent of the Prez... make the soldier just cannon fodder in a different battle?
          I heard the starting gun



          • #6
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            Read the last paragraph again.


            • #7
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              This is one of the ideas in search of a story. There's not much you can do with it, except as an aside (pretty much agree with Dave22).

              Here's one: I've tinkered with the idea of a guy getting a life sentence, dies in jail, but comes back to life five minutes later. Do they let him go?