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Mon Apr 8, 2013, 03:17 PM

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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Reply Hagel Wants Military Brass Stripped Of Ability To Overturn Convictions, Officials Say (Original post)
Purveyor Apr 2013 OP
geek tragedy Apr 2013 #1
MADem Apr 2013 #2
bemildred Apr 2013 #3
saidsimplesimon Apr 2013 #4
Kolesar Apr 2013 #5
shawn703 Apr 2013 #6
bemildred Apr 2013 #13
Kolesar Apr 2013 #17
UnrepentantLiberal Apr 2013 #7
24601 Apr 2013 #9
TwilightGardener Apr 2013 #11
Sgent Apr 2013 #14
24601 Apr 2013 #15
PolitFreak Apr 2013 #8
Joey Liberal Apr 2013 #10
mallard Apr 2013 #12
SunSeeker Apr 2013 #16

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 03:18 PM

1. Yeah, hard to see how that rule would get abused?



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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 03:21 PM

2. Right the fuck on, pardon my French. WAY past due. nt

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 03:22 PM

3. That's why we like Chuck.

He's a straight shooter.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 03:33 PM

4. bemildred, Pres. Obama should be congratulated for his choice.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 03:48 PM

5. With upper management written all over him...eom

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 06:03 PM

6. Yeah... I'm going to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there...

Great movie.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 08:46 PM

13. As long as I get the pencil sharpener. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 06:58 AM

17. The red Swingline stapler, it doesn't jam

I'm going to burn this place down

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 06:23 PM

7. That general should be court-martialed.

 

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:03 PM

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?

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Response to 24601 (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:34 PM

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.

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Response to 24601 (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 09:19 PM

14. Civilian law doesn't require unamious verdicts

There are a few states that allow guilty verdicts of 9-3.

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Response to Sgent (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 09:39 PM

15. Good catch - was referring to federal civilian law since the UCMJ is federal.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 06:51 PM

8. Easy K&R for this

 

Good idea!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 07:06 PM

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.

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Response to Joey Liberal (Reply #10)

Mon Apr 8, 2013, 08:22 PM

12. Re: hope he stays on track, too ...

... and this is not just an exercise in reinforcing current version of the law.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 02:40 AM

16. K&R

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