Military Defense Law Offices
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Due to the serious nature of many of the military cases defended against by civilian defense attorneys Richard V. Stevens and Frank J. Spinner, either the cases, the clients, and/or Mr. Stevens or Mr. Spinner often appear in local, regional, national, and international print, radio or television media.  Their military cases/clients have also appeared in periodicals and books.  Mr. Stevens, Mr. Spinner, and/or their cases/clients have appeared in the media outlets identified on this page.


Press coverage is rarely sought when defending cases, but press interest in a case is independent from defense counsel preferences. Therefore, it is very important for a defense lawyer to know how to deal with press coverage, and to have a media strategy before it’s necessary to react to information that appears in the press.  Mr. Stevens and Mr. Spinner not only have this experience, they lecture at defense lawyer conferences about how to handle high profile cases involving media coverage.     

Some of Mr. Stevens’ and Mr. Spinner’s past case/client/attorney appearances in the media are:



Not Guilty Verdict in Military Domestic Assault Court-Martial Trial – Air Force Times (2016):


Allegations Dropped and Record Cleared for Military Pilot – Fox News, Air Force Times, John Q Public blog (2015-2016):


Not Guilty Verdict in Military Rape/Sexual Assault Court-Martial Trial – Air Force Times, Oklahoma News (2015):


No Military Court-Martial for Air Force Officer – Stars and Stripes (2014):


Changes in How the Military Handles Sexual Assault – McClatchy National News (2013):


Not Guilty Verdict in Military Rape Court-Martial Trial – Kansas City Star, (2013):

Response to Article:


Not Guilty Verdict in Military Rape Court-Martial Trial – Whiteman AFB Warrior (2013):

Response to Article:


President Obama's Remarks Found to be Unlawful Command Influence (UCI) in Military Rape & Sexual Assault Cases at Trial Level, To Be Considered at Appellate Level – McClatchy National News (2013):


Inquiry Into Military Judge's Alleged Remarks Tainting Courts-Martial, Rape & Sexual Assault Cases – McClatchy National News (2013):


President Obama Tackles Military Sexual Assaults – McClatchy National News (2013):


"Military Rape Culture" – Business Insider (Military & Defense) Blog, Eloise Lee (2012):


Secret Service/Military Alleged Prostitution Scandal in Columbia – CBS News and Army Times (2012):


Air Force Academy Cadet Alleged Rape, Court-Martial Case – Associated Press/Yahoo News/Colorado Springs Gazette (2012):


Associated Press Military Law Expert Interviews, MAJ Nadal Hasan Case (2011):


Air Force Officer Alleged Breach of Flight Discipline, Flying Evaluation Board Case – Air Force Times (2011):


Air Force Officer Alleged Larceny and Nuclear Security Breach, Court-Martial Case – Air Force Times (2010):


Army NCO Alleged Murder of al-Qaida Terrorist in Iraq, Court-Martial Trial – CBS News & San Antonio Express News (2008):

Press Release:


Defending Military War Crimes Cases – Middle East Times (2009):


Army Officer Alleged Murder of Wife in Korea, Court-Martial Trial – Stars & Stripes (2009):


Army NCO Alleged Maltreatment Case in Iraq – CBS News & Associated Press/Seattle Times (2009):

Press Release:

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Medical & Legal Complications of Mandatory Military Anthrax Vaccinations – McClatchy National News (2006):


Army Officer Alleged Solicitation of Murder of al-Qaida Terrorists in Iraq – Associated Press/Los Angeles Times (2005):

Book:  Drowning in the Desert: A JAG's Search for Justice in Iraq (By Vivian Gembara)

Book:  Warrior King: The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq (By LTC (ret) Nathan Sassaman)


Air Force Officer Alleged Infant Murder, Court-Martial Trial – WHIO-TV (2005):


Air Force Academy Cadet Alleged Rape, Court-Martial Trial – Associated Press/Los Angeles Times, Colorado Springs Gazette (2005):


Military Rape & Sexual Assault Cases – Military Rape Defense Advocacy Website (


Dismissal of Medical Malpractice Lawsuit – Raleigh News & Observer (2004):!topic/alt.adoption/b5NifhqcN9w


Air Force Airman Alleged Rape and Attempted Decapitation Murder, Court-Martial Case – Air Force Times, Amarillo Globe News, Lubbock Avalanche Journal (2001):



Military Sexual Assault Court-Martial Conviction Overturned, DoD & Lawmakers React – National News, CNN, Today Show (2013):


Secret Service/Military Alleged Prostitution Scandal in Columbia – CBS News and Army Times (2012):


Army Enlisted Stryker Brigade Soldier Alleged Murder of Afghan Civilians, Court-Martial Trial – ABC News Interview Transcript (2011):


Army NCO Alleged Triple Murder, Court-Martial Trial – ABC News 20/20 (2010):

Book:  Innocent Victims (By Scott Whisnant)

New Yorker Article:  Three Trials for Murder (By Nicholas Schmidle):


Army NCO Alleged Murder of Iraqi Detainees, Court-Martial Trial – CNN Anderson Cooper, “Killings At The Canal” Transcript (2009):


Army CWO Alleged Murder of Iraqi Prisoner, Court-Martial Case – NPR Transcript (2006):


NPR Navy SEAL Officer Alleged Murder of Iraqi Prisoner, Court-Martial Trial – NPR Transcript (2005):


New Yorker Article:  A Deadly Interrogation: Can the CIA Legally Kill a Prisoner? (By Jane Mayer):


Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse, Court-Martial Trial – MSNBC News & USA Today (2005):


Marine Officer, Pilot Alleged Manslaughter, Court-Martial Trial – Washington Post (1999):


Civilian Lawyer Takes on the Military – Google News (1999):,3338133


Army General Officer Alleged Sex Offenses, Court-Martial Trial – Los Angeles Times (1999):


Air Force Officer, Pilot Alleged Sex Offenses, Disciplinary Case – PBS News (1997):

Book:  Proud To Be: My Life, The Air Force, The Controversy (By Kelly Flinn)