Sen Gillibrand’s MilJus reforms ended up on the cutting room floor of the new NDAA compromise worked out last night. Here is The Hill’s report. The bill does contain major MilJus changes, including elimination of the CA’s power to overturn members’ verdicts and mandadtory DDs for certain Art.  120 convictions.

More on the sexual assault cases against two former Navy football players (probably smar links PC has below). Navy Times here and Capital Gazette here.

A mini mutiny over poor leadership leads to courts martial in the UK army. Telegraph report here.

3 Responses to “Military Justice News for Dec 10, 2013”

  1. Mike says:

    Victims don’t have to testify at the 32? I guess the IO will have to rely on the statement that CID types for the victim.  Maybe next year they will just do away with trials and start a rendition program.

  2. Lieber says:

    Mike, the civilian legal system seems to get along just fine without cross-examination of victims at preliminary hearings.  I don’t know why we in the military are wedded to the archaic idea of two trials (ok, I understand why the defense is wedded to it…but it’s certainly not constitutionally required).

  3. Mike says:

    Lieber, I am fine with going the civilian system route. Jury of peers not handpicked by the CA, unanimous verdicts, etc… this is just a further attempt to stack the deck.