Can an American military person testify in a criminal case in civil court in a military uniform?
State/Country of Question: Texas
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Does your commanding officer know about this?
I am the wife of the defendent and his cousin testied in court. I am trying to find out if that was legal. I don't know if her commanding officer knew about it and she volunteered to testify.
The case has already been tried. I am trying to find out if it was legas for his cousin to testify against him in her military uniform. This was a criminal case in civil court. I do not know if her commanding officer knew if she was testifying in court.She was not a witness but after he was found guilty she testified that he had dome somthing to her and in my opinion swayed the jury to a life sentence.
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This article from earlier this year may answer your question.
Although it involved a National Guard uniform, the same analysis could be used in other branches of the military.
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Yes, I saw the same article and that is why I am asking. I did not know if it was legal in Texas. The article was what prompted me to question it. I need to know if there is a law on the books that allow it or does not allow it.
I believe that applies in all states. However, I'll opt out of the question and refer it to the military law section for you.
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Each of the services has rules regarding wear of the uniform. If you tell me which service you are asking about I may be able to give you more specifics
She was in an Army uniform.
From the Army Uniform Regulations
You can see them here http://www.marlowwhite.com/army-AR-670-1-view.html
Wearing Army uniforms is prohibited in the following situations:
(1) In connection with the furtherance of any political or commercial interests, or when engaged in off-duty civilian employment.
(2) When participating in public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches, rallies, or public demonstrations, except as authorized by competent authority.
(3) When attending any meeting or event that is a function of, or is sponsored by, an extremist organization.
(4) When wearing the uniform would bring discredit upon the Army.
(5) When specifically prohibited by Army regulations.
If this is simply testifying in a criminal court case (for either side) I would find it hard to believe this would violate any of the above. Certainly if the soldier has any concerns they should seek guidance from their chain of command. But the regs to not appear to prohibit this.
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