A Just Determination by John G. Hemry
Newly commissioned ensign Paul Sinclair is required to perform a multitude of duties aboard the space ship USS Michaelson. Aside from his primary duties as Assistant Combat Information Center Officer he is also assigned the duties of Ship’s Legal Officer, Postal Officer, Assistant Security Manager, and work on his Open Space Warfare Officer qualifications when he’s got the time. All of these responsibilities require a great deal of his time and effort but it is his duty and the Michaelson‘s legal officer that will take most of his attention. Particularly when the ship’s overzealous captain destroys a civilian ship that he mistakenly believes to be a hostile vessel.
Summoned to the court-martial as a prosecution witness, Sinclair quickly becomes convinced that the charges against Captain Peter Wakeman are unjust and must turn his energies into assisting the defense.