Counsel may comment generally on contemporary history or other matters of common knowledge

  1. uscourtmartiallawyers9United States v. Barrazamartinez , 58 M.J. 173 (C.A.A.F. 2003). The war on drugs is common knowledge and so permissible for comment.
  2. United States v. Fletcher , 62 M.J. 175 (C.A.A.F. 2005) (references to public figures must be generic and not specific details of sensationalized topics).