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The Navy and Marine Criminal Court of Appeals on Thursday dismissed a Stars and Stripes petition for a clarification of an Article 32 proceeding in the case of a Naples-based chief petty officer accused of indecent acts and other offenses. The newspaper on Friday asked the court to reconsider its ruling.

In earlier action, the convening authority had invalidated a November Article 32 hearing that it termed defective. That session had been closed by the investigating officer, and Stars and Stripes’ original petition had protested the closure. In the Navy’s response, it termed Stars and Stripes’ petition itself moot because the hearing was voided.

Stars and Stripes petitioned again, arguing that the case should not be termed moot. It sought a ruling on the proceeding against the accused, Felix Correa, 41, in the hope that future proceedings in this case and others would remain open to the public or, if closed, done so with proper notification procedures.

In Thursday’s ruling, the court said it would take no further action because there was no further proceeding against Correa, who, at the time was no longer charged. Stars and Stripes’ request for reconsideration Friday came after it learned that Correa had been charged again and a new Article 32 proceeding had been ordered.


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