There is one feature, however, which is shared by both courts for civilians and military personnel.It is the right to a jury trial for certain criminal cases.
Even in countries with matured jury systems, such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, military personnel have no right to a jury of civilians.
If Rudman was a conservative commentator rather than a well known shill for the Left, that would have been the Herald's headline.
Instead, one is delivered the rather anodine:-You don't believe me?
It is emphasized in this section that in the past the Russian government often restricted the power of lay judges to participate in adjudication of military crimes.
In particular, the article will analyze two high-profile cases which resulted in acquittals of Russian officers accused of killing several Chechen civilians during counter-terrorist operations in Chechnya.
Russian military courts constitute a separate system which is different from ordinary courts in several respects.