This is a multi-step puzzle. Step one is to solve all the clues associated with the defendants; each answer has a standard military rank abbreviation hidden in it. Each such rank is (uniquely) associated with a pay-grade, from E1–E11 or O1–O11 for enlistees and officers. (While some rank abbreviations are used for different pay grades in different services branch, each defendant's branch is given here.) Sort the characters alphabetically and use the pay grade number to index into the character's name.
|USAF||English beer cocktail||shandygaff||O11||Blaise Barrier|
|USN||Smelly compounds added to natural gas||mercaptans||O6||Camryn Cheddar|
|USN||Mass divided by volume||density||O1||Deng Dragoon|
|USAF||AKA German turnip||kohlrabi||E1||Erin Erg|
|USA||Non-SI unit of radiation exposure||roentgen||O10||Fatimah Fox|
|USN||State formerly in Yugoslavia||Bosnia and Herzegovina||E3||Gabby Gadfly|
|USN||Element 48||cadmium||O10||Hermione Hyrax|
|USAF||It can be retrograde or anterograde||amnesia||E2||Ifeoma Ifill|
|USA||Coating via galvanization||zinc plating||E4||Jerry Jetski|
|USA||Honey Boo Boo matriarch||Mama June||O4||Katashi Kneecap|
|USN||Package management system for OSX||MacPorts||E7||Lew Liftgate|
|USN||Protagonist of The Crow||Eric Draven||O5||McGregor Muggle|
|USA||Catshill’s district||Bromsgrove||E8||Norah Normalville|
|USA||Thermoplastic adhesive sold in stick form||hot melt glue||O9||Olivia Omnibus|
|USA||High-pitched woodwind||piccolo||O6||Pip Primordial|
|USA||One of four fundamental states of matter||plasma||E9||Quint Quizbowl|
|USN||Lightweight craft wood||balsa||E2||Rebecca Rotifer|
|USAF||Philosphical principle of parsimony||Occam's razor||E4||Spiros Spokane|
You should extract INDEX BY FRATERNIZER.
Next, get to work on the next set of clues. Note that the cited UCMJ article prohibits fraternization between officers and enlistees. The ten pieces of evidence serve to “pair up” the characters. “Captive bolt gun” contains the substrings “capt” and “ltg,” which means that the captain (Camryn Cheddar, pay grade O6) fraternized with the lieutenant-general (Olivia Omnibus, pay grade O9). (Some of the pairings are between two enlisted ranks, or two officer ranks, rather than enlistee-officer, which is why some of the defendants are pleading guilty and some are not.)
|Three-word stop on outer half of Craigieburn Line||Broadmeadows Railway Station|
|Anton Chigurh’s weapon of choice||captive bolt gun|
|Collective term for large animals whose conservation is especially popular||charismatic megafauna|
|Common animal protein||collagen|
|A specialist like Dr. Douglas Filmore from Bones||forensic podiatrist|
|The royal we, formally||majestic plural|
|Nickname of Seattle’s first madam||Mother Damnable|
|Mr. Mxyzptlk’s girlfriend||Ms. Gsptlsnz|
|One of the three varieties of Athenian theater||satyric drama|
So, repeat the extraction from the introduction, but using the character's partner's pay grade rather than the character's own.
|Name||Rank||Fraternized with||Pay grade||Nth letter of name|
REAR ADMIRAL CRADOCK was, in answer to judge's inquiry, Sir Christopher “Kit” George Francis Maurice Cradock KCVO CB SGM, who went down with his ship when it sank at the Battle of Coronel during World War I. The answer the judge is looking for is that ship, the HMS . . . what? GOOD HOPE.