Military Law: The Right to Welsh

The U.S. Army suffered no qualms when slot machines were installed in the officers' club in Murnau, Germany, and were rigged to keep 700 of every $1 played. Indeed, the club's profits reached a welcome alltime high when Major Robert G. Wallace fed $7,000 into the one-armed bandits over a period of nine months. There was, however, an offense against military propriety: in the process of buying rolls of quarters from the bar, Wallace passed $2,000 in rubber checks. A general court-martial sentenced him to dismissal from the service.

By the time Wallace's case got to the U.S. Court of...

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