Monday, November 27, 2017

Editorial support for Gillibrand Bill

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle editorial board has come out in favor of the proposed Military Justice Improvement Act. Excerpt:
There are no acceptable excuses for allowing the system to remain the same. The Military Justice Improvement Act would give independent, trained military prosecutors authority over serious alleged crimes. Right now, military officers within the alleged victim’s chain of command decide whether to prosecute the accused. That discourages victims from reporting sexual assault, particularly when the attacker is one of the victim’s supervisors. The absurdity of this would be laughable if it was not such a serious matter.

There is some bipartisan support for the bill. It should be unanimous.

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