As the Hill reports here, President Obama today signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, while issuing a signing statement objecting to detention policy provisions in the statute.

As a result of the President’s signature, starting tomorrow, subpoenas duces tecum can be issued to obtain evidence for Article 32 investigations.  And 180 days from now, a new version of Article 120 will come into effect, along with a new Article 120b dealing with rape and sexual assault of a child and a new Article 120c dealing with other sex offenses.  Time permitting, I’ll post  more about the changes to Article 120 over the extended weekend.

3 Responses to “President Obama has signed the DOD Authorization Act for FY 2012”

  1. Charlie Gittins says:

    Finally, subpoenas for Article 32s.  Yay!  When I have needed a subpoena, I’d request a deposition order from the CA, with mixed results. This is a good thing!  Any time you can lock a recalcitrant witness into testimony is a great thing.  Obviously, the DoD thinks this is a good thing for the P’s, but as usual, DoD, are a bunch of retards.

    And that is all I have to say about that. 

  2. Dwight Sullivan says:

    Charlie, it only authorizes subpoenas duces tecum for 32s.

  3. Charlie Gittins says:

    So, nothing ha changed.  My practice doesn’t change and I continue to make the request for depositions.  Sometimes I get the depos; sometimes they get to give them to me after referral.  But I still get them.  Oh well . . . .