5th Circ. Kills Ex-Army Major's Iraq Contract Appeal

Law360, New York (September 23, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT) -- A former U.S. Army officer who pled guilty to taking more than $9 million in bribes in exchange for the award of military contracts in the Iraq War has lost an appeal of his convictions.

John L. Cockerham, a major and former contracts officer, had argued that his right to a public trial was violated because the courtroom was closed during his guilty plea hearing, but a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the ex-officer waived his...
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