§ 5542(b) of the Military Justice Act of 2016 requires the President to “prescribe regulations implementing [the MJA] not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act.”

That date was December 23, 2017.

To my knowledge, President Trump has still – a month later and counting – not signed an executive order implementing such regulations. The Joint Service Committee published proposed regulations – in the form of a significantly updated Manual for Courts-Martial – on July 11, 2017, it accepted and considered public comments (including mine), and it held a public meeting on August 3, 2017.

But like a boot in swamp mud, the process is stuck.

5 Responses to “The overdue rules implementing the Military Justice Act: One month and counting”

  1. Brian Robison says:

    PLEASE, the DOJ is ruining not just indiviual lives, but entire families simply by not being fair to the soldiers.
    Innocent until proven guilty, that’s all I ask. Same rights as an AMERICAN citizens, even ones that DIDN’T lay
    down their lives for this county. Tell me, what have we come to as a country if our military soldiers can’t get a fair trial????
    INJUSTICE! KANGAROO COURTS! Make America Great Again, give a soldier a fair shake.

  2. Christy says:

    I don’t suppose there is anything that the public could do to encourage the president to act?

  3. stewie says:

    Tweet about it?

  4. Vulture says:

    There’s a rule, its an Army rule, I mean, its in the book.  And I’d say, well, you know it’s in there, and we all know what it says.  So yeah, these rules have to be followed.  Horrible!!! #genericHashtag

  5. Tami a/k/a Princess Leia says:

    How long did Obama take?  Oh yeah, more than 4 years.
     

    During the Obama administration, we waited more than four years for regulations implementing the 2012 version for Article 120, and we never got an update to Mil. R. Evid. 413 to resolve constitutional problems identified in 2011 (though President Obama was quite diligent about making prosecution-friendly changes to the MCM).

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