“Weird Claims of Spirit Testimony”

Here is an amazing case in which spiritism charges murder though the verdict of the courts is suicide. . . . I am enabled here to give to the world for the first time the details of the part which spiritism has played in the affair from the beginning to the present time; a part…

Academic Building at the USNA, Mahan Hall

Military and Civilian Justice

With the Navy Department’s decision, Rosa Sutton would enter a forum—in fact, a separate subculture—that was as unfamiliar to her as it was to most civilians. Then, as now, Americans lived in “a democratic society committed to civilian control of the military . . . .From its educational institutions to its justice system, the U.S.…

From Rosa Sutton to Mary Tillman

For the American press and its readers, Rosa Sutton came to represent every mother who had lost a son in the military and sought the facts about his fate. This dilemma resonates as strongly today as it did in the decade before World War I. — [A Soul on Trial pg. 303] It is ironic…

Rosa Brant Sutton

The Power of the Press

“Governmental actions should be neither secret nor unjust. . . . If we cannot get justice through the courts, every newspaper in the United States shall have the facts as we have them and then see what the opinion of the world will be.” osa Sutton [A Soul on Trial pgs. 183, 62] Rosa Sutton’s…

Major Henry Leonard

The Power of Public Opinion

The influence of a gaping and curious public can have no effect on the conduct of the Judge Advocate in this matter. . . . The hallowed grave of a dead son is no more sacred than the grave of a military reputation and there are a great many military reputations at stake in this…

Honesty and Public Officials

We need absolute honesty in public life; and we should not get it until we remember that truth telling must go hand-in hand with it, and that it is quite as important not to tell an untruth about a decent man as it is to tell the truth about one who is not decent. —Theodore…