|Col. Don Christensen,|
U.S. Air Force (Ret)
Col. Don Christensen, president of Protect our Defenders, an organization dedicated to ending rape and sexual assault in the military, said military courts need to be revamped and the quality of the judges improved.
“Congress needs to quit messing around when it comes to reforming the military justice process,” said Colonel Christensen, who is retired from the Air Force. “This is one example of many that they have allowed to go on for too long.”
He said Congress should impose stricter requirements to become a military trial or appellate judge. “The appellate courts in the military are by far the least experienced courts in the entire country,” he said.Interestingly, a case from the Naval Academy led to major changes in the Article 32 pretrial investigation (now known as the preliminary hearing) process under the UCMJ. Will the Whisenhunt case, from West Point, spark other changes?