Mon Apr 8, 2013, 03:17 PM
Purveyor (28,388 posts)
Hagel Wants Military Brass Stripped Of Ability To Overturn Convictions, Officials Say
Source: Associated Press
U.S. officials say Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is recommending that military commanders be stripped of their ability to reverse criminal convictions of service members in response to a congressional uproar over an Air Force officer's decision to overturn a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case.
Officials say Hagel will seek legislation requiring that cases go through the U.S. Court of Military Appeals. The furor involves a decision by Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, commander of the 3rd Air Force, to overturn the sexual assault conviction against Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, a former inspector general at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Hagel ordered a review but lacks sole authority to change the law or the case's outcome.
Officials weren't authorized to speak publicly about the change, so they requested anonymity.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57578482/hagel-wants-military-brass-stripped-of-ability-to-overturn-convictions-officials-say/
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Hagel Wants Military Brass Stripped Of Ability To Overturn Convictions, Officials Say (Original post)
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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #7)
Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:03 PM
24601 (3,673 posts)
9. For violation of what article of the UCMJ? If Mr. Hagel wants to make military law like
civilian law, shouldn't he should start with requiring a unanimous guilty vote instead of the the 2/3 vote that it takes now?
Response to 24601 (Reply #9)
Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:34 PM
TwilightGardener (46,416 posts)
11. It's going to be changed through Congress--I think either Claire McCaskill
or Kirsten Gillibrand is drafting legislation, probably with help from the Pentagon. Edit to add: I guess that means there's a chance it won't pass, though.
Response to Purveyor (Original post)
Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:06 PM
Joey Liberal (5,487 posts)
10. Hagel is starting out on the right track
Our generals and admirals are too spoiled. Way too many perks. And way too many generals and admirals.