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ACADEMIC BOARD OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY.
1. Ensigns-Appointment of. See APPOINT MENTS, 17. 2. Function and duties of—The Academic Board was first given powers with respect
to the final graduating examination of midshipmen by the act of August 5, 1882 (22 Stat., 285). The change then made in the law must have been due to a change in the regulations of the Naval Academy, which have now (1910) for many years provided that the final graduating examination shall be conducted by the Academic Board instead of a special examining board, as was originally the case. File 5252-36,
J. A. G., May 5, 1910, p. 6. 3. Origin, powers, etc. See File 5146, J. A. G., June 23, 1906; 5146:1; 5146:2. 4. Recommendation of is not final—The commendation of the Academic Board that
a midshipman found deficient upon examination for promotion to ensign be dropped from the service is not final; but such recommendation may be disapproved by the department and the midshipman continued in the service until further reports on fitness in his case may be received and considered by the department. File 5252-36, J. A. G., May 5, 1910. See also Comp. Dec., Aug. 23, 1913, 20 Comp. Dec. 141; File 26254-1277:1, re power of Academic Board in case of midshipmen found physically
deficient. ACADEMY, NAVAL. See NAVAL ACADEMY. ACCEPTANCE OF RESIGNATIONS. See RESIGNATIONS. ACCESSORIES. See also EXEMPTIONS IN SENTENCES, 1. 1. Sentence-Used in. See Weems v. U.S. (217 U.S., 349); Grafton v. U.S.(206 U.S., 333);
Navy Regulations, 1913, R-816 (4). See also SENTENCES, 3, 49. ACCIDENT POLICY. 1. Medical certificate on accident policy-Naval surgeons are without authority to
sign unofficial medical certificates on accident policies of officers. File 26806–15.
See also File 5195-61:1; C. M. O. 29, 1915, 7; MEDICAL RECORDS, 3-5. ACCOMPLICE. 1. Oficer issuing an order-Which is illegal as applied to the existing facts, and does
so either knowingly or in culpable disregard of what conditions exist, is an accomplice in the illegal action taken by his subordinate pursuant to such order. C. M. 0. 37,
1915. 2. Sodomy. See SODOMY, 6. ACCOUNT, NAVAL SUPPLY. See File 24482–31, J. A. G., Feb. 17, 1911; 24482-34, J. A.G.,
May 1, 1911. ACCUMULATION OF OFFENSES. 1. Offenses-Shall not be allowed to accumulate in order that sufficient matter may thus
be collectively obtained for a trial, without due notice to the offender. C. M. 0.38,
1894, 2. See also CHARGES AND SPECIFICATIONS, 3. 2. Plea in bar of trial-On ground that offenses were allowed to accumulate. The plea
was not allowed by the court. C. M. 0.38, 1894, 2, 3. ACCUSED. 1. Absence of, Naval courts-martial are empowered to require the presence of the ac
cused during the entire proceedings and should always exercise this power to avoid any possible irregularity. While an irregularity of this character does not necessarily invalidate the proceedings, the department looks upon it with great disfavor. č. M. 0. 51, 1914, 2. See also G. C. M. Rec. No. 21223; 24633; 29422; File 26251-9996:2; Simon v. Craft, 182 U. S., 427, 435; Frank v. Mangum, 237 U. S., 309; Weirman v.
U.S., 36 Ct. Cls., 236; REVISION, 1. 2. Same-The action of a naval general court-martial in permitting the accused, upon a
request made expressly by himself and not merely by counsel, to be absent from the immediate presence of the court during the testimony of expert witnesses for the defense concerning the physical and mental condition of the accused, did not invalidate the proceedings, such action being due to humanitarian considerations based upon representations of counsel for accused as to latter's health, and that it would be "cruel” to require his personal attendance during specified portions of the trial. C. M. 0. 51, 1914, 1-2. See also ACCUSED, 1; BRIG. SOMERS Case (1843), p. 189.
3. Same - The judge advocate should not be present in the court room during closed
court. However, the presence of the judge advocate when a naval court-martial is closed for deliberation, and when the accused, his counsel, and spectators have consequently withdrawn, while a grave irregularity and a disregard of Navy Regulations, 1913, R-787 (3), the provisions of which are directory only and not mandatory, would not necessarily render the proceedings invalid. C. M. 0. 51, 1914, 1, 2; 6, 1915, 6; 41, 1915, 10; 49, 1915, 10, 12, 14. See also C. M. 0. 88, 1895, 12; 1, 1897, 1-2; G. (. M. Rec. No. 24633; File 26251–5558; 26251-9996:2; 212 Fed. Rep., 569; JUDGE
ADVOCATE, 104, 105. But see C. M. 0. 61, 1894, 3; 127, 1900, 1; 216, 1901, 2. 4. Same_“According to the record the accused was not present when the various wit
nesses were called before the court to correct their testimony. Some of the corrections made showed material changes in the evidence given, and the action of the court in conducting this part of the proceedings without the attendance of the accused was illegal.” In view of this fact and of other irregularities the department disapproved the proceedings. C. M. O. 44, 1909. See also G. C. M. Rec. No. 21223. But see ACCUSED, 1, 2, holding that such irregularity as this does not necessarily
invalidate. 5. Same-If a statement as set forth in a general court-martial record that the accused
withdrew after completing his testimony, "was a true report of the proceedings followed the subsequent proceedings were illegal in that they were held during the
absence of the accused. C.M. O 47, 1910, 7-8; 23, 1910,5. But see ACCUSED, 1, 2. 6. Same - The record was returned to the court for revision to correct the record as to the
notations regarding the arraignment of the accused who had been tried in joinder. “The accused were not present at the revision as they should have been, since the arraignment occurred in open court.”. The department because of this irregularity and other reasons "accordingly disapproved the proceedings and findings" and "set
the sentence aside.” C. M. 0. 78, 1905, 1. But see ACCUSED, 1, 2. 7. Same Where the record by the omission of an entry on the record fails to show the
accused present during a step in the proceedings but the record taken as a whole showed him present continuously during the trial, the department held that the irrego
ularity was merely a “clerical error.” C. M. O. 47, 1910, 7-8; 12, 1911, 3. 8. Same-Clerical errors in general court-martial records may be amended by the court in
revision without the presence of the accused. See RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS, 26, 27. 9. Same-Where the court received evidence with reference to a plea in bar of trial, during
the absence of the accused, the department, while approving the conclusions reached stated "the mode of introducing that proof was wholly irregular, and is disapproved.”
G. 0. 152, March 29, 1870. See also COURT, 22. 10. Admissions in open court-Of certain allegations in the specifications. See AD
MISSIONS, 1. 11. Affidavit-Inadmissible in connection with accused's statement. See AFFIDAVITS, 7. 12. Amenability of, to trial--Statute of limitations having run. See STATUTE OF LIMI 13. Arraignment of accused. See ARRAIGNMENT. 14. Arrest, released from-Record should show that accuesd (officer) in proper cases was
released from arrest and restored to duty. See ARREST, 8, 9, 27. 15. Caution, to-As to incriminating himself when a witness. See SELF-INCRIMINATION, 8. 16. Same-When resuming his status after testifying. See WITNESSES, 10. 17. Character-Official record of accused is best evidence of his character. C.M.0.1, 1914,
5, 7. See also EVIDENCE, 12. 18. Same-When evidence as to character of accused may be placed in evidence. See
EVIDENCE, 12-22. 19. Same-Witnesses as to character of accused will not be subpænaed from other stations
at Government expense. C. M. 0. 1, 1914, 5, 7. See also EVIDENCE, 12; WITNESSES. 20. Charges and specifications-Copy of furnished accused. See CHARGES AND SPECI
FICATIONS, 4, 5, 18. 21. Confession by-When admissible. See CONFESSION. 22. Constitutional rights of. See CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ACCUSED. 23. Continuance-Should be granted accused by court, if request for is reasonable and it is
practicable to do so. See CONTINUANCES. 24. Convening authority-Action of will be furnished by department upon application
of accused. C. M. O. 21, 1909, 2. See also ACCUSED, 36; RECORD OF PROCEED
INGS, 32. 25. Copy of charges and specifications-Received 10 days before trial. See CHARGES
AND SPECIFICATIONS, 18
26. Counsel. See COUNSEL. 27. Crimination. See SELF-INCRIMINATION. 28. Cross-examination--The accused has a right to cross-examine witnesses and the
record must show that the accused was given the opportunity to cross-examine the
witnesses against him. See CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ACCUSED, 16. 29. Defense of-Precluded by plea of "guilty." See EVIDENCE, 50–53. 30. Definition of Use of term "accused" in trials in joinder. See JOINDER, TRIAL IN, 14. 31. Deposition-Prior notice should be given accused of intention to use. See DEPOSI
TION, 1. 32. Designation and name of accused--Should appear in sentence. See SENTENCES, 33. 33. Discharged as undesirable-After acquittal. C.M.O. 11, 1905, 2. 34. Same-After case was disapproved. C. M. O. 39, 1905, 2; 78, 1905, 1. 35. Errors without injury. See ERROR WITHOUT INJURY. 36. Findings, sentence, and action of convening authority-Will not be furnished
the accused until after the publication of the sentence, or, in trials ordered by the department, they will be furnished by the department upon application of the
accused. See RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS, 32. 37. "Guilty," plea of-Waives defects in specifications. See ABSENCE FROM STATION
AND DUTY WITHOUT LEAVE, 29. 38. Same-After plea of “Guilty," accused may introduce only evidence in extenuation, of
a palliative nature, and of good character. See EVIDENCE, 50-53. 39. Same-Judge advocate not even to suggest. See JUDGE ADVOCATE, 34. 40. Same-Precludes regular defense. See EVIDENCE, 50–53. 41. Halt-witted. See INSANITY, 20. 42. Identity of_Essential in proving fraudulent enlistment. See FRAUDULENT ENLIST
MENT, 51. 43. Incrimination. See SELF-INCRIMINATION. 44. Insane. See INSANITY. 45. Irresponsible. See INSANITY, 20, 27. 46. Joinder-Trial in. See JOINDER, TRIAL IN. 47. Judge Advocate-Relation to accused before and during trial. See JUDGE ADVOCATE,
25, 28-44, 86. 48. Mute-When arraigned. See ARRAIGNMENT, 18-24. 49. Name and designation of accused-Should appear in sentence. See SENTENCES, 33. 50. Name of accused–Middle name may be abbreviated in specifications. See ABBREVIA
TION, 1. 51. Offense-More serious if committed by officer on duty at Naval Academy. C.M.O.14,
1915. 52. Same-More serious when committed by an accused of long service and who has been
entrusted by his superiors with a position of responsibility, as an offense committed by such a man has a far more detrimental effect upon the naval service because of the example which he thereby sets his subordinates and others likely to be influenced
by his misconduct. C. M. 0. 1, 1914, 8. 53. Pay, forfeiture of-Should, in general, be remitted only as an act of clemency to
accused. See ALLOTMENTS, 6; PAY, 23. 54. Pay account of-A statement of the pay account status of an accused is not contem
plated in the procedure for general courts-martial, and is made a part of summary court-martial procedure merely as an aid to such a court-martial in preventing an
excessive or illegal sentence. Č. M. O. 28, 1910, 4. See also File 3980–1051. 55. Physical condition of-Court should not consider in adjudging sentence. See
CLEMENCY, 41, 42. 56. Plea of guilty-Waives defects in specifications. See ABSENCE FROM STATION AND
DUTY WITHOUT LEAVE, 29. 57. Sentence-Will be furnished by department upon application of accused. See
ACCUSED, 36; RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS, 32. 58. Statement in presence of accused-Admissible in evidence. C, M. 0. 214, 1902.
See also DESERTION, 125; STATEMENTS MADE IN PRESENCE OF ACCUSED. 59. Statement of accused. See STATEMENT OF ACCUSED. 60. Testimony of-The testimony of the accused unsupported by other corroborative
evidence should not be accorded entire credit. See WITNESSES, 4, 7. 61. Trial-Accused is solely responsible for informing his natural or legal guardians or rela
tives of the fact that he is to be tried by general court-martial. C. M. O. 27, 1915, 10.
See also CHARGES AND SPECIFICATIONS, 18. 62. Warning-It is not necessary that the accused should be warned that any statement
he might make would be used against him as evidence. See CONFESSIONS, 26, 27.
63. Same-It is improper and contrary to the Navy Regulations to warn or caution the
accused, after he has been a witness, not to converse upon matters pertaining to the
trial. See WITNESSES, 10. 64. Same - Accused should be warned as to the effects of his plea of “guilty”_Where this
was not done the department disapproved. c. M. 0. 47, 1892; 84, 1894, 3. See also C. M. 0. 5, 1911, 4; WARNING, 2. Note. This irregularity is not, in general, nec
essarily fatal. 65. Withdrawal of. See ACCUSED, 5. 66. Witness-Accused as witness. See WITNESSES, 1-11.
67. Youth--Of accused as grounds for clemency. See CLEMENCY, 67–71. ACCUSER. 1. Court of inquiry-Accuser can not demand a copy of the record. See Courts of
INQUIRY, 1, 12 ACQUITTAL. 1. Absence, authorized --Approval of acquittal of unauthorized absence entitles accused
to pay during such absence. See Pay, 1. See also CONFINEMENT, 7; DESERTION, 9. 2. Same --Acquittal of desertion is also acquittal of absence from station and duty
without leave. C.M.O. 14, 1914, 4-5. See also ABSENCE FROM STATION AND DUTY WITHOUT
LEAVE, 14; DESERTION, 9; PAY, 1. 3. Same-Acquittal of a charge of unauthorized absence is also an acquittal of desertion.
Finding of “absence from station and duty without leave" on a charge of “desertion” is an acquittal of "desertion.” C. M. O. 17, 1910, 8-10. See also ABSENCE
FROM STATION AND DUTY WITHOUT LEAVE, 18; DESERTION, 6. 4. Arrest and acquittal by civil authorities-As a defense. See ABSENCE FROM STATION
AND DUTY AFTER LEAVE HAD EXPIRED, 3, 4. 5. Authorized forms of acquittal-There are only four authorized forms of acquittal in
naval court-martial procedure: (a) Simple acquittal, (6) "fully acquit,” (c) “honorably acquit,” (d) “most fully and honorably acquit." The foregoing supersedes the forms of acquittal given in Forms of Procedure, 1910, p. 40, and the use of any other
form is prohibited. C. M. O. 29, 1916, 2-3. 6. Court-martial orders-Published where officers acquitted of all charges (File 26504–
189, Sec. Navy, Mar. 18, 1910, overruled). C. M. 0. 26, 1906; 4, 1908; 5, 1908; 35, 1908, 32, ' 1915; 36, 1915; 38, 1915; 41, 1915; 21, 1916; 40, 1916. See also ACQUITTAL, 24;
COURT-MARTIAL ORDERS, 1. 7. Disapproval of findings and acquittal-In cases of officers. C. M. O. 44, 1883, 5; 3,
1884, 3; 48, 1907; 14, 1914, 5; 29, 1914, 10; 32, 1915; 38, 1915, 5; 41, 1915; 24, 1916, 5. 8. Same-In cases of commissioned warrant officers. c. M. O. 28, 1915, 3; 36, 1915. 9. Same-Because the judge advocate tried case out of court. C. M. 0. 42, 1915, 8. 10. Same-Department disapproved the findings and acquittal as an approval might mis
lead courts-martial. C. M. 0. 14, 1914, 5-6; 29, 1914, 10. See also C. M. 0. 41, 1885. 11. Dismissal-Acquittal of accused (paymaster's clerk) approved but accused dismissed
from naval service. C. M. 0. 160, 1901. But see C. M. 0. 15, 1902. 12. Embezzlement-Effect of acquittal on the financial responsibility of accused. C.M.O.
39, 1913, 11. See also EMBEZZLEMENT, 25. 13. "Entirely”-Court did “entirely acquit" accused. C. M. 0. 115, 1894. 14. Finding of “Not guilty”-Should be followed by a statement of acquittal. See FIND
INGS, 63. 15. “Fully acquit." C. M. 0.44, 1883, 3; 59, 1903; 28, 1907; 5, 1908; 32, 1909; 41, 1909; 29,
1916; G. C. M. Rec. No. 31423.
The use of this form of acquittal indicates that a court not only fails to find a charge proved beyond a reasonable doubt, but that it finds no facts whatever, as brought out by the evidence introduced in the case, which reflect adversely on the conduct of the accused in connection with matters pertaining to the charge and specification. In other words, a court should not fully acquit” in cases where the record shows
any uncontroverted facts whatever reflecting upon the accused. C. M. 0. 29, 1916, 2. 16. "Fully and honorably." See CRITICISM OF COURTS-MARTIAL, 22; File 26251-12159. 17. Handwriting-An acquittal should be recorded in the handwriting of the judge advo
cate. C. M. O, 29, 1914, 5. 18. “Honorably acquit." G. 0. 118, Mar. 27, 1869; C. M. O. 28, 1882.
This form is to be employed only in cases where the offense charged is, besides being an offense against military authority, of such a character that a conviction thereof would tend to dishonor the accused, such as, for example, a charge of “Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” This acquittal, as in the case of a full acquittal, should never be used if the record shows any adverse, uncontro
verted evidence reflecting upon the accused. C. M. 0. 29, 1916, 2. 19. "Most fully and honorably." C.M.O. 214, 1901; 38, 1905, 2; 48, 1907; 5, 1913, 2, 7, 12,
13; 27, 1913, 6; 41, 1915; File 26251-12159, Séc. Navy, Oct. 7, 1916, p. 6; DEBTS, 24. 20. Same_The court not only acquitted the accused but did "most fully and honorably
acquit” him, this being the very highest degree of the six different forms of acquittal known to naval procedure. By such action the court in effect puts the highest stamp of approval upon the actions of the accused. (C. M. 0. 5, 1913; 27, 1913, 9 File 26251-7776.) An acquittal of this character would mean not only that the accused was blameless but that his conduct was creditable, and that he was not only not negligent, but that he zealously guarded the interests of the Government at all times. Č. M. 0. 41, 1915, 11.
This form should be used only in extreme cases, in which not only have the requirements of "full" and "honorable” acquittals been fulfilled, but in which the court wishes to place the highest stamp of approval upon the actions of the accused in connection with the matters covered by the specifications. The use of this form of acquittal might, for example, be justified in the case of an officer charged with unbecoming conduct in battle if the court wished to make it a matter of record that, far from considering the conduct of such officer censurable, it both approved and commended his conduct. (For examples of an improper use of this form of acquittal, see C. M. 0.5, 1913, 3; 27, 1913, 9; 41, 1915, 11.) C. M. 0. 29, 1916, 2.
It will be noted that there is no legal distinction between a simple acquittal and one to which one of the additional expressions or embellishments has been added, and it is to be emphasized that only in exceptional cases is the use of any form of acquittal other than the simple acquittal justified. Unless this rule be strictly adhered to and other forms of acquittal reserved for special cases, the distinction drawn between the various forms will be lost, and not only would a simple acquittal be robbed of its full absolving significance, but also the proper purposes for which the other forms of acquittal are reserved would be defeated. C. N. 0. 29,
1916, 3. 21. “Not guilty”-If the finding is "not guilty" upon any charge, the explicit statement
should immediately follow that the court acquits the accused of such charge. See
FINDINGS, 63. 22. Officers acquitted-of some but not all of the charges against them. C. M. 0. 26,
1909; 27, 1909; 32, 1909; 41, 1909; 44, 1909; 52, 1910; 5, 1913; 7, 1914, 3; 10, 1914; 50
1914; 33, 1915; 1, 1916. 23. Same Of all charges. C. M. 0. 26, 1906; 5, 1908; 35, 1908; 26, 1909: 44, 1909; 32, 1915; 38,
1915; 41, 1915; 21, 1916; 40, 1916; 43, 1916. 24. Same-Court-martial orders shall be published where officers are acquitted of all the
charges (File 26504–189. Sec. Navý, Mar. 18, 1910, overruled). See ACQUITTAL, 6;
COURT-MARTIAL ORDERS, 1. 25. "Proved but without criminality”—Is virtually a form of acquittal and is not to be
encouraged. C. M. 0. 10, 1911, 5; 10, 1913, 3-5. 26. Setting aside-There is no power to set aside the verdict of acquittal, and the accused
is entitled by law to the full benefit of it. C. M. 0. 101, 1903, 10. 27. Simple acquittal—This form, which will be referred to as a simple acquittal, should
be used in all cases except in the three special cases (ACQUITTĀL, 5). The use of this form sufficiently records the fact that the court has not sustained the charge and has the same legal effect as an acquittal expressed with some embellishment.
C. M. O. 29, 1916, 2. 28. Warrant officers (commissioned) acquitted-Acquitted of some but not all of the
charges against them. C. M. 0. 23, 1915; 28, 1915. See also C. M. O. 28, 1916. 29. Same Of all charges. C. M. 0. 36, 1915. 30. Without prosecution-Where the accused pleaded “Not guilty" and the recorder
stated that there were no witnesses available to prove the offense, and recommended that the court accept the plea of the accused, the department held that a finding which acquitted the accused was improper and irregular and that the trial should
have been postponed until witnesses were available. c. M. 0. 42, 1909, 15–16. 31. Witnesses-A court-martial order was published in the case of an officer who was
acquitted and contained this notation: "The publication of this general courtmartial order carries with it no reflection upon any witness who testified before the court." C. M. 0.214, 1901.