United States v. Ortiz, No. 07-0555/AR2 Judge RYAN delivered the opinion of the Court.A general court-martial, composed of military judgealone, convicted Appellant, contrary to his pleas, of rapeof a child under sixteen, sodomy of a child under sixteen,two specifications of indecent liberties, indecent acts,and wrongful communication of a threat, in violation ofArticles 120, 125, and 134, Uniform Code of MilitaryJustice (UCMJ), 10 U.S.C. §§ 920, 925, 934 (2000). Thesentence adjudged by the court-martial and approved by theconvening authority included a dishonorable discharge,reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, forfeiture of allpay and allowances, and confinement for twenty-five years.The United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals summarilyaffirmed the findings and sentence. United States v.Ortiz, No. ARMY 20040672 (A. Ct. Crim. App. Mar. 23, 2007)(unpublished). On Appellant’s petition, we granted review.
We granted review of:WHETHER APPELLANT WAS DENIED HIS CONSTITUTIONALRIGHT TO A PUBLIC TRIAL WHEN THE MILITARY JUDGEEXCLUDED THE PUBLIC FROM THE COURTROOM WHEN THEVICTIM, BP, TESTIFIED ON THE MERITS.65 M.J. 335 (C.A.A.F. 2007).