Here is a link to a notice published today in the Federal Register by the JSC, responding to public comments and making a final proposal for changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial. These proposed changes will be forwarded to the President for final approval.
I discussed the initial notice of proposed changes in this post. I’ve only skimmed the final proposal, but there are a few significant changes from the initial proposal. Among them include:
- The proposed new R.C.M. 1001A now includes language providing a victim with the right to make an unsworn statement (oral, written, or both) during the sentencing phase of a non-capital court-martial. Neither party will be able to cross-examine the victim on an unsworn statement, but both sides will be able to rebut matters presented therein. Here is a direct link to the proposed language.