28 April 2009

Sailor, rest your oar: Remembering Capt Kevin J. Barry, USCG (Ret)

Today's Washington Post ran an article about the life and passing of Captain Kevin J. Barry, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) on 24 April 2009 entitled Retired Jurist Questioned Military Justice System.

Over the years I had the privilege of many email exchanges and telephone conversations with Captain Barry concerning the pending legislation to fix the inequity in Title 28 United States Code section 1259. It was Captain Barry's 2002 law review article, A Face-Lift (and Much More) for an Aging Beauty: The Cox Commission Recommendations to Rejuvenate the Uniform Code of Military Justice 2002 L. Rev. M.S.U-D.C.L. 57, which provided me with a proper foundation to lobby Congress to grant servicemembers equal Supreme Court access. The 2006 American Bar Association's report and resolution urging Congress to fix 28 USC 1259 cites Captain Barry's law review article which can be found here. Captain Barry was an amazing man who will be greatly missed.

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