Defense secretary asks Congress to strip commanders’ power to overrule courts

April 8, 2013

The Hill is reporting that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recommended today that the Pentagon strip commanders of the ability to overturn verdicts in military criminal court cases. The proposed change in the military’s judicial code comes in the wake of widespread outrage on Capitol Hill over a sexual assault guilty verdict that was dismissed in February.

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  • L.Laird April 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Participating in one Military Court Marshal, I was able to convince the local commander to overturn said verdict, reduce dishonorable to Honorable Discharge. Of course, this was not a rape case or anything as criminal as reflected in your article…But, I feel there could be room for some latitude afforded the commander. Court Marshal in general, seems like a legal farce to begin with. Reminds me of one local U.S. Marshal that used to inform inmates prior to appearing before the Federal Judge, “We will give you a fair trial before we hang you”