U.S. v. Collier
27 M.J. 806 (A.C.M.R. 1988
Parties: : United States Army (Appellee) who convicted Sergeant William H Collier Jr. (Appellant)
In a court martial for disobeying a direct order of a warrant officer giving him a bad conduct
discharge and a reduction in rank.
Procedural History: Appellant was convicted of failure to repair, disobeying the lawful order of a
warrant officer and dereliction of duty and sentenced to a bad conduct discharge and reduction of
rank to E-1.The Prosecution used his prior convictions against him in court to show character
traits of disobedience.
Issues: The issue is did the lower court use all means necessary to make sure that the appellant
had a fair trial according the U.C.M.J. and did the sergeant taking the stand give the prosecution
the right to use his prior convictions in accordance with rule 609.
Holdings: It is the courts finding that there was no error in part of the judge in instructing the
prosecution on rule 609,
and that the conviction of a bad conduct discharge and reduction of