SSG Bales – Fundamental Preliminary Questions Remain

SSG Bales was quickly taken into custody and placed in pretrial confinement.  As such, general speedy clock timelines have commenced.  However, still unanswered is whether he will remain in pretrial confinement or be returned to the confinement facility at his home base unit at Fort Lewis.  No doubt, the Defense would prefer that the client-defendant be closer to them.

Additionally, national media is reporting that charges have not yet even been preferred.  That seems odd since the provisions of Article 10, UCMJ, and RCM 405 governing review of pretrial confinement have already been triggered.  As such – there are a lot of unanswered questions on even basis procedural matters.

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