David Conn

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David Conn
Born Pennsylvania

David Conn is an Colonel in the United States Army. He served as one of the judges on the United States Court of Military Commission Review from December 2008 to November 2011.[1][2]

On February 23, 2011, Conn was one of the Court of Military Commission Review judges who was called upon for a ruling initiated in an appeal on behalf of two Yemeni captives.[3] The prosecution in the cases of Salim Ahmed Hamdan and Ali al-Bahlul had cited the conduct of Andrew Jackson during the First Seminole War. The prosecution's arguments stirred controversy, and the National Congress of American Indians] argued that the prosecution had improperly tried to rewrite the historical record of Seminole's resistance to US annexation of their land.[4]

In August 2011 Conn served as the Presiding Judge during the court martial of Adam Winfield, one of the men in the controversial kill team atrocities, who got high on illicit drugs, sought out innocent Afghan civilians, ambushed them, and then planted weapons on their corpses to justify the murders as legitimate combat engagments.[5][6]

In June 2012 Conn was the Presiding Officer in the case of Sergeant John M. Russell, who was charged with killing five other soldiers shortly after leaving a mental health center in Iraq.[7][8][9][10][11]


  1. "Judges U.S. Court of Military Commission Review". Office of Military Commissions. 2011-10-11. Archived from the original on 2012-04-29. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mc.mil%2FPortals%2F0%2FJudges%2520Assigned%2520to%2520USCMCR%2520as%2520of%2520Oct.%252011%2C%25202011.pdf&date=2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  2. Michael Randall (2008-05-03). "Judge dismisses cadet from Army, saying he told lie". Times Herald-Record. http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080503/NEWS/805030328/-1/NEWS. Retrieved 2012-06-10. "Col. David Conn of Fort Drum, the judge at Jones' court-martial yesterday, found the junior cadet not guilty of raping the female cadet in his barracks last Aug. 24." 
  3. Carol Rosenberg (2011-02-23). "Bitter analogy in war crime case: Indians, al Qaeda". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2012-04-29. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.miamiherald.com%2F2011%2F03%2F23%2Fv-fullstory%2F2130766%2Fwar-court-filing-comparing-seminoles.html&date=2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-04-29. "At issue in the Court of Military Commissions Review is whether a newly minted post 9/11 war court crime — providing material support for terror — is legitimate for prosecution at a war crimes tribunal." 
  4. "Congress of American Indians letter on Andrew Jackson's war against the Seminoles". Congress of American Indians. Archived from the original on 2012-04-29. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.miamiherald.com%2Fsmedia%2F2011%2F03%2F22%2F13%2FNCAI_Amicus_Letter_in_Al_Bahlul.source.prod_affiliate.56.pdf&date=2012-04-29. 
  5. "US soldier pleads guilty in Afghan killing spree". Turkish Press. 2011-08-05. Archived from the original on 2012-04-29. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.turkishpress.com%2Fnews.asp%3Fid%3D366029&date=2012-04-29. Retrieved 2012-04-27. "Under questioning by the judge, Colonel David Conn, Winfield admitted he had been aware he was committing a crime and that he failed to prevent it." 
  6. "Whistle-blower in Afghan probe pleads guilty". Daily Times. 2011-08-07. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\08\07\story_7-8-2011_pg14_2. Retrieved 2012-04-28. "The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that military judge Col David Conn sentenced him to three years in prison, demotion to private and a bad-conduct discharge." 
  7. Kim Murphy (2012-06-01). "More Psychological Tests Urged For Sergeant Charged In 5 Killings". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-soldier-arraign-20120601,0,2825058.story. Retrieved 2012-06-10. "The military prosecutor, Capt. Daniel Mazzone, argued that no transfer was necessary. The judge in the case, Col. David Conn, is expected to rule after an additional hearing next week." 
  8. Nick Logan (2013-09-16). "History of U.S. military facility shootings". Global News. http://globalnews.ca/news/843673/history-of-u-s-military-facility-shootings/. Retrieved 2016-04-15. "Although a military health board determined now 48-year-old Russell “suffered from severe depression with psychotic features and post-combat stress” at the time of the killings, military judge Col. David Conn found him guilty of premeditated murder on May 16, 2013." 
  9. Eric M. Johnson (2013-05-16). "Soldier who killed fellow U.S. troops in Iraq gets life sentence". Tacoma, Washington: Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraq-courtmartial-idUSBRE94F0G620130516. Retrieved 2016-04-12. "At an early morning hearing at the Pacific Northwest military base, the judge tasked with determining Russell's sentence, Army Colonel David Conn, said Russell had been mentally ill at the time of the killings but was nevertheless responsible for his actions." 
  10. Cheryl Burke (2013-09-15). "Sergeant found guilty in five service deaths". Carolina Coast Online. http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/news/article_7fcf7ccc-bd70-11e2-b91e-001a4bcf887a.html. Retrieved 2016-04-12. "The judge, Army Col. David Conn, found Sgt. Russell guilty of premeditated murder in the 2009 killings of five fellow service members, including Cmdr. Springle, while he was at a combat stress clinic in Iraq." 
  11. Laura L. Myers (2012-11-20). "U.S. soldier accused of Iraq shooting "psychotic": doctor". Tacoma: Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraq-trial-idUSBRE8AK04U20121121. Retrieved 2016-04-12. "During Tuesday's hearing, Culp sought authority from Judge Colonel David Conn to hire a forensic hypnotist to unlock Russell's buried memories and conduct a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test to measure Russell's "mild diffused brain atrophy", which Culp argues played a part in his behavior." 

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