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Old October 13 2012, 05:16 AM   #49
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Re: Picard qualified to command Enterprise?

^ Do we know that Kirk was actually court-martialed? All we saw were Kirk and Company appearing in front of the Federation Council itself, where the President personally dismissed all but one of the charges and then gave Kirk back the Enterprise as "punishment." The Federation Council is obviously not a military organization, and wouldn't be carrying out a court martial. It seems that following the "whale incident," those higher up than the Starfleet brass decided it would be bad PR to do anything negative to Kirk and crew and took matters into their own hands.
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