ATTEMPTAn act, or acts, done with a specific intent
to commit an offense under the Code, amounting to
more than mere preparation, and tending but failing
to effect the commission of such offense.
ATTESTTo signify by subscription of the signers
name that the signer has witnessed the execution of
the particular instrument.
ATTORNEY, POWER OFAn instrument
authorizing another to act as ones agent or attorney.
The instrument by which authority of one person to
act in place and stead of another as attorney in fact
is set forth.
AUTHENTICATIONAn official statement
certifying that a writing is true and accurate.
AUTHENTICITYThe quality of being genuine in
character, which in the law of evidence refers to a
piece of evidence actually being what it purports to
BAD-CONDUCT DISCHARGEOne of two types
of punitive discharges that may be awarded an
enlisted member as a court-martial sentence;
designed as a punishment for bad conduct, rather
than as a punishment for serious offenses of either
a civil or military nature; maybe awarded by GCM
BAILTo procure the release of a person from legal
custody, by undertaking that the person will appear
at the time and place designated and submit to the
jurisdiction and judgment of the court.
BATTERYAn assault in which the attempt or offer
to do bodily harm is consummated by the infliction
of that harm, Article 128, UCMJ.
BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBTThe degree
of persuasion based upon proof such as to exclude
not every hypothesis or possibility of innocence, but
any fair and rational hypothesis except that of guilt;
not an absolute or mathematical certainty but a
BIGAMYThe criminal offense of willfully and
knowingly contracting a second marriage (or going
through the form of a second marriage) while the
first marriage, to the knowledge of the offender, is
still substituting and undissolved.
BODILY HARMAny physical injury to or offensive
touching of the person of another, however slight.
BONA FIDEIn good faith; actual; genuine.
BREACH OF ARRESTGoing beyond the limits of
arrest as set by orders, Article 95, UCMJ.
BREACH OF PEACEAn unlawful disturbance of
the peace by an outward demonstration of a violent
or turbulent nature, Article 116, UCMJ.
BREAKING ARRESTGoing beyond the limits of
arrest before being released by proper authority.
BURGLARYThe breaking and entering in the
nighttime of the dwelling of another with intent to
commit murder, manslaughter, rape, carnal
knowledge, larceny, wrongful appropriation,
robbery, forgery, maiming, sodomy, arson,
extortion, or assault, Article 129, UCMJ.
BUSINESS ENTRYAny writing or record, whether
in the form of an entry in a book or otherwise, made
as a memorandum or record of any act, transaction,
occurrence, or event, made in the regular course of
any business, profession, occupation, or calling of
CAPITAL OFFENSEAn offense for which the
maximum punishment includes the death penalty.
CAPTAINS MASTThe term applied, through
tradition and usage in the Navy and Coast Guard, to
nonjudicial punishment proceedings.
CARNAL KNOWLEDGEAn act of sexual
intercourse under circumstances not amounting to
rape, by a person with a female who is not his wife,
and who has not attained the age of 16, Article 120,
CASE LAWLaw obtained from cases that have been
CAVEAT EMPTORLet the buyer beware (or take
CHALLENGEA formal objection to a member of a
court or the military judge continuing as such in
May be either (1) a
challenge for causesuch objections based on a
fact or circumstance that has the effect of
disqualifying the person challenged from further
participation in the proceedings or (2) peremptory
challengesuch objection is permitted without
grounds or basis, except that the military judge
cannot be peremptorily challenged.
CHANGE OF VENUERemoval of a trial from one
jurisdiction to another.
CHARGEA formal statement of the Article of the
UCMJ that the accused is alleged to have violated.