MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 27 Sep 2021 06:04:33 +0000 Senators unify to alter US military justice system http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/9b15f43ebc8a4f84be6c9a32f23d5bab Momentum is building on Capitol Hill behind a proposal to change the military justice system by shifting prosecution decisions on sexual assault cases and possibly other major crimes from the chain of command to independent judge advocates. (June 18) 9b15f43ebc8a4f84be6c9a32f23d5bab Fri, 18 Jun 2021 05:01:58 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 14 June 2021++STARTS ON A SOUNDBITE++++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York:"So there's a scourge of sexual violence in the military. And despite the promises of every secretary of defense since Dick Cheney that there's zero tolerance of sexual assault, the last estimated number of cases was 20,000. And among those 20,000, only approximately 250 ended in conviction."2. Various of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand inside her office, shows documents related to military sexual assault cases++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York:"And our solution is one that's been recommended by military experts, by survivors, and supported by veterans organizations. And the solution is to remove all serious crimes from the hands of the commanders and give the decision about whether a crime has been committed to a trained military prosecutor." 5. Various of Gillibrand holding a Protect Our Defender study on 'Racial Disparities in Military Justice' UPSOUND (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York: "So Racial Disparities in Military Justice System..."++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York: "And it's not surprising if you look at the higher ranks, the most senior members of our military are largely white and largely male. As a consequence, there's bias and the bias is against female service members that report sexual assault and against black and brown service members who are accused of any crime. And so we believe to create justice for everyone, one justice system is to draw a bright line at serious crimes. You can carve out military, uniquely military crimes like going AWOL and the commander can retain those. But anything that has more than a year sentence should be given to trained military prosecutors for both plaintiffs' rights and defendants' rights."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Fort Bragg, North Carolina – 26 August 20207. Various of Generals addressing troops in the 82nd Airborne DivisionASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 14 June 2021++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York:"Germany, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, all of them have taken all serious crimes out of the chain of command and their record is very helpful. They've written letters to Congress and to a number of our panels saying that they saw no diminution of good order and discipline and no diminution of command control with that change. They said in some instances, commanders barely noticed it. And I guess the last answer to this issue is that it's going to affect very few commanders."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Washington DC - 27 March 20089. STILL Wide of the Pentagon buildingASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 14 June 202111. Wide of Sen. Gillibrand inside her office, shows white board displaying bi-partisan Senate support for her bill UPSOUND (English) "These are the senators who are going to vote 'Yes' with us."++SOUNDBITE FULLY COVERED++12. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York:"I think the fact that we have 66 co-sponsors in the Senate is extremely meaningful. To have 20 Republicans support this reform, along with almost every Democrat, is significant."13. Close of white board showing Republican lawmakers voting 'Yes' on Gillibrand's bill++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED++14. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York:"So I'd like to have an up or down floor vote because then at least every senator can be heard on this issue. And frankly, this is an issue the committee has been looking at for eight years. I think they've lost their exclusive purview over this issue because they failed to actually solve the problem. We've passed almost 250 other smaller reforms and none of them have dented the problem. And it's not surprising because all of them were supported by the military."15. Various of the sign for Sen. Gillibrand's officeSTORYLINE:Momentum is building on Capitol Hill behind a proposal to change the military justice system by shifting prosecution decisions on sexual assault cases and possibly other major crimes from the chain of command to independent judge advocates.While military service leaders indicate they are open to changes and improvements in the justice system, most were worried about how that would be done while ensuring no unintended harm is done to unit leadership or readiness.The reservations expressed by service leaders could provide a measure of ammunition for those in Congress who oppose taking the chain of command out of sexual assault prosecutions. Supporters of change, however, argue that the current system has failed to address to a problem that has long plagued the military.A longtime advocate for changing the policy is Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, who now has bipartisan, filibuster-proof support for a bill that would take prosecution decisions out of the chain of command for major crimes, including sexual assault, rape and murder.To help argue their case, Gillibrand's coalition of lawmakers is using data from a 2017 study done by Protect Our Defenders, which found that black and brown service members are up to 2.5 times more likely to be punished either through court-martial or through non-judicial punishment."It's not surprising if you look at the higher ranks, the most senior members of our military are largely white and largely male," Gillibrand said. "As a consequence, there's bias and the bias is against female service members that report sexual assault and against black and brown service members who are accused of any crime. And so we believe to create justice for everyone, one justice system is to draw a bright line at serious crimes."Because any such change would amend military law, it will require an act of Congress to get it passed and cannot be done unilaterally by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.Gillibrand said she currently has 66 co-sponsors on her legislation, including 20 some Republicans, but the bill has been stalled in a procedural struggle in the Senate Armed Services Committee that supporters see as an effort to delay and water down the bill."I'd like to have an up or down floor vote because then at least every senator can be heard on this issue," Gillibrand said. "And frankly, this is an issue the committee has been looking at for eight years. I think they've lost their exclusive purview over this issue because they failed to actually solve the problem. We've passed almost 250 other smaller reforms and none of them have dented the problem. And it's not surprising because all of them were supported by the military."Formal reports of sexual assaults among the U.S. military increased by a very small amount in 2020, and has steadily gone up since 2006, including a 13% jump in 2018 and a 3% increase in 2019, according data to the Pentagon.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Momentum is building on Capitol Hill behind a proposal to change the military justice system by shifting prosecution decisions on sexual assault cases and possibly other major crimes from the chain of command to independent judge advocates. (June 18) Senators unify to alter US military justice system