Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"Daily Beast" on the politics of U.S. military justice reform

Dr. Lawrence J. Korb
The Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift has a worthwhile summary of the current state of play surrounding pending Senate bills to reform the U.S. military justice system. She quotes former Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Lawrence J. Korb, now a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress: "[Sen. Kirsten] Gillibrand is right 'because commanders have a vested interest in the outcome, and you don’t need that,' he says. 'Let the lawyers do it.'” Sen. Gillibrand has said she will support a bill proposed by Sen. Claire McCaskill that makes other changes in the Uniform Code of Military Justice but leaves disposition authority with commanders. Sen. McCaskill has said she will filibuster Sen. Gillibrand's bill. Sixty votes are needed to end debate on proposed legislation.

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