Juvenile detention deserves scrutiny – but home-based alternatives aren’t always safer
by Joey ComleyOctober 5, 2023
Comley is an experienced criminal practitioner who has tried or defended over 100 cases in federal, state, and military courts and has two decades’ worth of experience working with investigative agencies from allied and partner nations and from a number of states and the federal government. Prior to joining the Team at Right On Crime, Joey served as the Chief of Military Justice for the U.S. Army’s V Corps where he designed a military criminal and administrative jurisdiction that would allow a Fort Knox, Kentucky-based unit to exercise military order and discipline throughout the European Theater. Comley also supervised prosecutorial teammates who tried military cases and acted as Special Assistants to the United States Attorney’s Office (SAUSAs) for the Western District of Kentucky.
Prior to serving with V Corps, Comley enjoyed 20 years as an Army officer, first as a Field Artilleryman and later as a Judge Advocate where he retired at Lieutenant Colonel. Comley spent 14 of those years serving on both sides of the bar, prosecuting and defending Soldiers as a Judge Advocate and prosecuting civilians who entered military bases as a SAUSA in New York and California. Comley was honored to serve the Army Staff as a legal advisor to The Army’s Judge Advocate General and Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Law and Operations and as a Legislative Counsel for the Army’s Office of the Chief Legislative Liaison.
Comley currently runs his own private practice in Elizabethtown, Kentucky where he is a general litigator who specializes in military criminal defense and complex government investigations.
Hailing from a long line of Kentuckians, Comley and his family decided to call the Old Kentucky home their new home upon retiring from the Army in 2022. Comley was married to the love of his life, Erika, in 2002 and along with their three children, JJ (20), Carter (15), and Sienna (13), they all attend Grace Heartland Church. Comley spends his spare time supporting community events and local charities, thoroughly enjoying the athletic and scholastic interests of his children, and tending to his acre of pristine Kentucky bluegrass while accompanied by his loyal roadside rescue, Opal.