July 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An ambitious, bipartisan effort to overhaul the military justice system and stanch the increasing number of sexual assaults gained crucial support from conservatives Tuesday, setting up a showdown with the Pentagon's top brass. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) announced his backing for legislation sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) that would remove commanders from the process of deciding whether serious crimes, including sexual misconduct cases, go to trial. That judgment would rest instead with seasoned trial lawyers who have prosecutorial experience and hold the rank of colonel or above.
June 17, 2013
I HAVE ALWAYS been a Philadelphian. I was raised here, went to school here, graduated from George Washington High School in '91, attended College here. I felt this was the city I was going to raise my family in, but I am thinking more. The jobs here are either not hiring or offering low pay, the schools are closing and they are building more jails. The government in this state and city are failing us as a whole. I know that as a nation we are struggling, but this is ridiculous.
June 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Siding with the Pentagon's top brass, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved legislation Wednesday to keep commanders involved in deciding whether to prosecute sexual assault cases, rejecting an aggressive plan to stem sex-related crimes in the armed forces by overhauling the military justice system. By a vote of 17-9, the committee passed a bill crafted by its chairman, Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.), designed to increase pressure on senior commanders to prosecute sexual assault cases by requiring a top-level review if they fail to do so. Levin's proposal also makes it a crime to retaliate against victims who report a sexual assault and also calls on the Pentagon to relieve commanders who fail to create a climate receptive for victims.
April 20, 2013
By Patrick Meehan Imagine yourself a victim of sexual assault. After finally summoning the courage to speak out and report your attacker to authorities, you're forced to relive the attack through months of depositions, testimony, and questioning by defense attorneys hoping to discredit you. Next, a jury returns a guilty verdict against your attacker. But then, weeks later, that verdict is suddenly and irreversibly overturned, without any justification or rationale. Your attacker is set free, and you're not even told why. That's exactly what happened to an American woman working in Italy.
March 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Victims of sexual assault and violence in the military told Congress on Wednesday they were afflicted with a slow and uncaring system of justice that too often fails to hold perpetrators accountable and is fraught with institutional bias. They testified to a Senate panel examining the military's handling of sexual assault cases that the military justice system is broken and urged Congress to make changes in the law that would stem the rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment that they said were pervasive in the service branches.
January 26, 2013 |
The Pentagon's announcement this week that it will lift the ban on women in ground combat positions is welcome news to many of those who value equal rights. But it is also an urgent reminder that sexual assault remains a blight on our armed forces that only constant, sincere efforts will erase. As a writer who has been interviewing female veterans for many years, I have long argued that lifting the ground combat ban would help military women win the respect they deserve. As long as women were officially prohibited from engaging in that essential act of a soldier - fighting - they were seen as second-class.
January 27, 2012 |
BAGHDAD - Iraq will take legal action to ensure justice for the families of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians killed in a U.S. raid in Haditha seven years ago, a government spokesman said Thursday, after the lone U.S. Marine convicted in the killings reached a deal to escape jail time. Residents in Haditha, a former Sunni insurgent stronghold of about 85,000 people in the Euphrates River valley about 140 miles northwest of Baghdad, have expressed outrage at the American military justice system for allowing Staff Sgt. Frank Wuthrich to avoid prison.
December 22, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Even before the Army sent him to Afghanistan, supporters say, Pvt. Daniel Chen was fighting a personal war. Fellow soldiers at a base in Georgia teased him about his Chinese name, crying out "Chen!" in an exaggerated Asian accent. They called him "Jackie Chen," a reference to the Hollywood action star Jackie Chan. People would ask him if he was Chinese, even though he was a native New Yorker. At one point Chen wrote in his diary that he was running out of jokes to respond with.
December 17, 2011 |
FORT MEADE, Md. - His baby face aged by 19 months in detention, the young soldier blamed for the largest leak of classified material in American history appeared Friday for the first time in public at the start of a court-martial hearing that may hinge on whether the U.S. government overzealously stamped "secret" on material posing no national security risk. But the long-delayed military court case against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the accused source for the WikiLeaks website's trove of U.S. military and diplomatic secrets, got sidetracked by legal wrangling as soon as it began.
December 12, 2011
Payroll-tax cut is deceiving President Obama's latest effort to extend the payroll-tax cut is very deceiving ("A populist tack for Obama," Wednesday). The intent is to spur the economy and that is a good thing. However, who is going to pay for this in the long run as he continues to support legislation that kicks the real problem further down the road? The Social Security fund is rapidly decreasing and this will only escalate that trend. I am a senior citizen and probably will not be affected in the short term.