Branum protests Fort Lewis

| October 21, 2009


One of the IVAW refugees sent me this video last night of legal leach James M. Branum, the lawyer responsible for the imprisonment of several high profile deserters and general malcontents.

The other day, TSO wrote about Branum’s complaints and followed up with a call to the Fort Lewis Public Affairs Office. He found many of Branum’s complaints were baseless.

In the video, Branum complains that Bishop is being denied his “Sixth Amendment” rights to counsel. Here’s the Sixth Amendment;

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Yeah, if Branum is finding out all of this stuff that’s happening to Travis inside the Fort Lewis facility, they’re talking. Guards are listening to conversations Travis is having because whoever he’s talking to isn’t considered his counsel.

Besides, Travis’ counsel is what got him tossed in prison – along with Branum’s silly-assed defense that the Army should provide military members with “conscientious objector training”. In fact, every service member that Branum has represented got the maximum sentence allowable because of Branum’s stupid-ass strategies.

Travis got a year in prison because he went AWOL the day his unit deployed to Iraq and came back a week later. Whether the former sergeant understood how to apply for CO status or not, he knew going AWOL was illegal – 12 months in prison illegal.

Also in the video is chucklehead Gerry Condon. Condon is a member of VFP and Project Safe Haven which funnels money to people who’ve absconded from their military duties to Canada, encourages soldiers to go AWOL and is trying to convince the city of Bellingham, Washington to be a safe haven for the knuckleheads Canada boots.

Condon says that Leo Church “considers himself a conscientious objector”. Yeah, now he does when it makes him a sympathetic character for the Left. Church went AWOL three times, one time for a year, and now complains that the Army didn’t care about him and his family. Maybe if he’d quit going AWOL he could have got some help.

Condon also says Church has a wife and three kids – Church wasn’t married to the mother of his children – in fact she abandoned them and instead of asking for help from the Army, Church found it much easier to just go AWOL and find another job somewhere else.

What’s an alligator got to do with anything?


It just reminds me that Branum gobbles up money from his clients and, in turn, gives them shit. The word on the street is that some of his clients gave him cash and never heard from him again – he left them hanging. Yeah, he’s as scummy as he looks.

Category: Antiwar crowd, Iraq Veterans Against the War, James Branum, Usual Suspects

Comments (8)

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  1. The funny thing is that for some reason activists think that holding signs and using the same damn chants over and over again actually accomplish something. When have any of these people done something concrete for Soldier Health-care, both single and married? When have they done anything for Soldiers that wasn’t related to going AWOL or doing something that could get you locked up in jail? In the about three years that I’ve been around “activists” I have never seen one, not ONE do something nice for a Soldier or Military Family that didn’t feed into something for them.

  2. Old Tanker says:

    Travis and Church are just casualties of Branum’s war on the military. Sure they got thier own ball rolling but Branum made sure they were under it when it hit “Oh Shit!” speed. Somebody needs to get this incompetent ass disbarred before he racks up any more misguided soldiers as collateral damage to his brain implosions….

  3. Bob says:

    Yes, if anybody has any firsthand or provable knowledge of some of the severely unethical things Branum does, and they are willing to stamp their name to it, they should really fill out the complaint form for the bar wherever Branum is licensed.

  4. Lawyer in Oklahoma says:

    This article and all you people are full of shit. May I please know your home addresses, phone numbers, and other valid contact information so I may discuss these matters with you at the next unavailable time?

  5. Steve says:

    If any of you will please provide your contact information, I would be happy to discuss the matter with you personally. Simply post that information and I’ll come visit with you.

  6. Jonn Lilyea says:

    I wonder what that “Contact Us” button in the header does.

  7. Old Tanker says:

    This article and all you people are full of shit. May I please know your home addresses, phone numbers, and other valid contact information so I may discuss these matters with you at the next unavailable time?

    No. Please leave yours and I’ll show up when you’re unavailable, that way it will be inconvenient for both of us…..WTF?