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Reid v. Covert Kinsella v. Krueger 354 U.S. 1 (1957)

REID v. COVERT KINSELLA v. KRUEGER 354 U.S. 1 (1957)

In a 6–2 decision, the Supreme Court invalidated a provision making the Uniform Code of Military Justice applicable to civilians accompanying the armed forces abroad, and reversed the court-martial convictions of two women who had murdered their servicemen husbands on military bases overseas.

Justice hugo l. black, for a plurality, held that neither the power to make rules for governing the armed forces nor any international agreement could free the government from the procedural requirements of Article III, section 2, and the Fifth and Sixth Amendments.

Dennis J. Mahoney
(1986)

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