You’re there to put them in the Army, not the Army in them.
He had his reasons.
From a conversation I had on the book of faces:
<<< Anyone truly interested in justice would have allowed the case to go through the US Armed Forces Court of Appeals,>>>
No. LTG Franklin had a duty to review the court martial, and either let the results stand, reduce the sentence, or set it aside. Failure to review the case would have been a dereliction of duty on his part.
Then, having conducted a review of the case, and finding reasonable doubt that the defendant was guilty as charged, he further had an affirmative duty to set aside the conviction.
And courtesy of the good CDR, here’s a pretty cool Russian Navy vid.