( d ) Voting . — Except as to the admissibility of evidence all rulings and finding of the Commission shall be by majority vote except that conviction and sentence shall be by the affirmative vote of not less than conviction and sentence shall be by the affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds (2\3) of the member present. ( e ) Presiding Member . — In the event that the convening authority does not name one of the member as the presiding member, the senior officer among the member of the Commission present shall preside. IV. PROSECUTORS ( a ) Appointment . — The convening authority shall designate one or more person to conduct the prosecution before each commission. ( b ) Duties . — The duties of the prosecutor are: (1) To prepare and present charges and specifications for reference to a commission. (2) To prepare cases for trial and to conduct the prosecution before the commission of all cases referred for trial. V. POWER AND PROCEDURE OF COMMISSION ( a ) Conduct of the Trial . — A Commission shall: (1) Confine each trial strictly to fair and expeditious hearing on the issues raised by the charges, excluding irrelevant issues or evidence and preventing any unnecessary delay or interference. (2) Deal summarily with any contumacy or contempt, imposing any appropriate punishment therefor. (3) Hold public session when otherwise decided by the commission. (4) Hold each session at such time and place as it shall determine, or as may be directed by the convening authority. ( b ) Rights of the Accused . — The accused shall be entitled: (1) To have in advance of the trial a copy of the charges and specifications clearly worded so as to apprise the accused of each offense charged. (2) To be represented, prior to and during trial, by counsel appointed by the convening authority or counsel of his own choice, or to conduct his own defense.
(3) To testify in his own behalf and have his counsel present relevant evidence at the trial in support of his defense, and cross-examine each adverse witness who personally appears before the commission. (4) To have the substance of the charges and specifications, the proceedings and any documentary evidence translated, when he is unable otherwise to understand them. (c) Witnesses . — The Commission shall have power: (1) To summon witnesses and require their attendance and testimony; to administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses and other persons and to question witnesses. (2) To require the production of documents and other evidentiary material. (3) To delegate the Prosecutors appointed by the convening authority the powers and duties set forth in (1) and (2) above. (4) To have evidence taken by a special commissioner appointed by the commission. (d) Evidence . (1) The commission shall admit such evidence as in its opinion shall be of assistance in proving or disproving the charge, or such as in the commission's opinion would have probative value in the mind of a reasonable man. The commission shall apply the rules of evidence and pleading set forth herein with the greatest liberality to achieve expeditious procedure. In particular, and without
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- Spring '14
- Supreme Court of the United States, Laws of war, War crime, petitioner, Military tribunal, military commission