Compulsive gambling and the changing military law

  • authors:

    Fred S. Hecker, William S. Little
  • published in

    : 1988
  • summary

    : Military courts have had to face the issue of compulsive gambling in criminal court-martial proceedings. The military recently switched from the liberal ALI definition of insanity to the much more stringent standards of the federal Insanity Defense Reform Act. However, military courts have not even allowed in expert testimony, holding the relevance of compulsive gambling has not been generally accepted in the scientific community. The rules involving extenuation or mitigation in sentencing allow much more leeway. Although compulsive gambling cannot be used as the basis for a defense of insanity in military courts, defense lawyers will continue to raise the issue in attempting to obtain lesser punishments for their military clients. B.S. Loyola College, J.D. Univ. of MD, Active duty Judge Advocate General's Corps, four years currently selected for promotion to Colonel, USAR. Partner, Stark and Little. B.A. 1982, Gettysburg College; J.D., 1987, Univ. of Balto.; Associate, Stark and Little, Baltimore, MD; member of the Baltimore City, Md. State, and Am. Bar Associations.
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  • type

    : article in journal
  • publisher

    : Springer Netherlands
  • is part of a publication

    : Journal of Gambling Studies
  • volume

    : 4
  • issue

    : 4
  • copyright

    : © Springer
  • original language

    : English
  • article pagination

    : start page: 277 - end page: 281
  • keywords

    : compulsive gambling , gambling
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