Announcement of findings

  1. bestmilitarydefenseucmjdefenselawyer50United States v. Mantilla , 36 M.J. 621 (A.C.M.R. 1992). After findings of guiltyhave been announced, MJ may seek clarification any time before adjournment, and error in announcement of findings may be corrected by new announcement before final adjournment of court-martial. Such correction is not reconsideration; accused, however, should be given opportunity to present additional matters on sentencing.
  2. United States v. Perez , 40 M.J. 373 (C.M.A. 1994). President’s disclosure ofmembers’ unanimous vote that overt act alleged in support of conspiracy specification had not been proven, during discussion of proposed findings as reflected on findings worksheet, was not announcement of finding of not guilty and had no legal effect. MJ had authority to direct reconsideration of the inconsistent verdict. Alternatively, MJ could have advised members that findings amounted to a finding of not guilty and advised them of their option to reconsider.