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light on how military commanders make decisions about courts martial and punishments in sexual assault cases and whether the inconsistent judgments seen in Japan are more widespread.The AP's investigation, which was based on hundreds of internal military documents it first began requesting in 2009, found that what appeared to be strong cases were often reduced to lesser charges. In two rape cases, commanders overruled recommendations to court martial the accused and dropped the charges instead.After much debate, Congress late last year passed numerous changes to the military's legal Rolex Gmt Master Ii Blnr Replica
AP interview, would spark the cultural shift needed to create a climate in which victims have the confidence to step forward and report sex crimes without the fear of retaliation.With commanders making the call, there's the chance a personal bias may influence the decision, proponents of Gillibrand's bill have argued."If we measured any other mission that our military has set zero tolerance for, compared to how they've done on sexual assault, there would be an outcry louder than we can imagine," Gillibrand said. "But in this case, they have failed over and over and over again."The Defense Department is staunchly against Gillibrand's plan, as are key members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, including Chairman Carl Levin, D Mich., Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the top Republican on the personnel subcommittee, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D Mo.The dispute hinges on the pivotal role senior military commanders play. Formally known as the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Defense Department's system is completely separate from the civilian courts.That power to punish or pardon has been a principal tenet of military law dating back more than two centuries. It's rooted in the military's conviction that commanders must have the ability to discipline the troops they lead in peacetime and war. Undercutting that role, top Defense Department officials have warned, would send a message that there is lack of faith in the officer corps, and that in turn will undermine the efficiency and effectiveness of the armed forces.Air Force Col. Alan Metzler, deputy director of the Defense Department's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, said the changes in military law and policy that have already been made are building an environment where victims trust that their allegations will be taken seriously and perpetrators will be punished.
system. But the reforms didn't go far enough for many lawmakers.Under Gillibrand's proposal, the decision to take serious crimes to courts martial would be taken away from commanders and given to seasoned military trial lawyers who have prosecutorial experience and would operate out of a newly established office independent of the chain of command.The legislation, she said in a recent Cheap Imitation Rolex Watches Uk
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