Thus spake George Washington University law professor Stephen A. Saltzburg in 2008 comments to The New York Times on the Congressional Budget Office's contention that lifting the statutory restrictions that prevent the lion's share of military personnel convicted by courts-martial from petitioning for discretionary review by the United States Supreme Court would cost the taxpayers $1,000,000 per year.
For balance, The Times quoted Robert E. Reed of the Department of Defense Office of General Counsel:
“A lot of those supporters [of lifting the restrictions on access to the Supreme Court] are only looking at this as a motherhood, apple pie sort of issue,” he said. “There’s a logic and a rationale to this. We’re not just trying to be mean and difficult for the defendants.”So what, you might ask, has happened in the intervening years? Nada.