|James W. Weirick|
James W. Weirick, a retired Marine Corps judge advocate, has written a powerful piece about the recent Woods decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the failure, for a second time, for Sen. Kerstin Gillibrand's Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) to garner the 60 votes to move forward in the Senate.
MJIA would take these important decisions out of the hands of untrained commanders and place the decision to prosecute serious crimes, and other details such as selecting jurors, in the hands of independent, trained, professional military prosecutors.
MJIA will only professionalize military justice and avoid the type of elementary mistakes that occurred in the Woods case, which resulted in the highest military court overturning a conviction in an aggravated sexual assault. Members of the military deserve an impartial and professional system of justice.