reports the following about Rep. Jackie Speier's double-barreled effort last week in the House Armed Services Committee's markup of the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act to alter the arrangements for disposition of charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice:
The first amendment would give authority for prosecuting all serious non-military offenses to the Chief Prosecutor of the respective service, taking it outside the chain of command. This purpose mimics that of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act.
It failed 13 to 49.
12 Democrats and 1 Republican supported it. . . .
The second amendment would give authority for prosecuting sexual assault-related offenses to the Chief Prosecutor of the respective service. This narrows the former amendment to cover only sexual assault, rather than all non-military offenses. It failed 28 to 34. . . .