Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Protect Our Defenders Report

Local news outlets are following up on the Protect Our Defenders report on how cases that could be tried by the civilian courts end up in military courts -- and what that teaches about whether commanders should have charging power. Here's an example, from The Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times. And from this editorial in The (Glens Falls) Post-Star:
We also believe it is long overdue that our own congresswoman, Rep. Elise Stefanik, change her stand on this issue. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, she needs to do more to protect our men and women in uniform. 
In an editorial board meeting in January with The Post-Star, she said she backed the military’s position not to change the chain of command regarding sexual assaults. 
When pressed, she cited Fort Drum commanders and female soldiers who said the military conviction rate for sexual assaults was higher than in civilian courts. 
Apparently, she was also lied to.

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