DOD web site indicates House Judiciary subcommittee will hold hearing on military justice certiorari bill next Friday
Norbert MacLean is reporting on his blog that a DOD website has revealed that a House judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Equal Justice for Our Military Act, H.R. 569, next Friday, 5 June. The bill would expand court-martial convicts’ access to the Supreme Court.
DOD’s witness at the hearing is listed as “TBD.” During the Bush Administration, DOD opposed a similar bill. It will be interesting to see whether DOD under President Obama takes a different view of the legislation. Interestingly, as reflected by this report, DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson is a former member of the National Institute of Military Justice’s board of advisors. [DISCLAIMER: so am I.] Mr. MacLean’s blog post indicates that NIMJ supports the bill.