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SECTION 130.49
Military (MIL) CHAPTER 36, ARTICLE 7, PART 7
§ 130.49. Depositions. (a) At any time after charges have been signed
as provided in section 130.30, any party may take oral or written
depositions unless the military judge or court-martial without a
military judge hearing the case or, if the case is not being heard, an
authority competent to convene a court-martial for the trial of such
charges forbids it for good cause. If a deposition is to be taken before
charges are referred for trial, such an authority may designate officers
to represent the prosecution and the defense and may authorize such
officers to take the deposition of any witness.

(b) The party at whose instance a deposition is to be taken shall give
to every other party reasonable written notice of the time and place for
taking the deposition.

(c) Depositions may be taken before and authenticated by any military
or civil officer authorized by the laws of the state or by the laws of
the place where the deposition is taken to administer oaths.

(d) A duly authenticated deposition taken upon reasonable notice to
the other party, so far as otherwise admissible under the rules of
evidence may be read in evidence before any court-martial or in any
proceeding before a court of inquiry, if it appears

(1) that the witness resides or is beyond the state in which the
court-martial or court of inquiry is ordered to sit, or beyond the
distance of one hundred miles from the place of trial or hearing; or

(2) that the witness by reason of death, age, sickness, bodily
infirmity, imprisonment, military necessity, non-amenability to process,
or other reasonable cause, is unable or refuses to appear and testify in
person at the place of trial or hearing; or

(3) that the present whereabouts of the witness is unknown.