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Changes Must Be Made for Major Crimes in Military, Senator Says

June 22, 2021, 9:15 PM

An overhaul of the U.S. military justice system must handle major crimes, not focus solely on sexual assault and harassment, said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s pushing to revamp how the armed forces prosecute serious offenses.

Gillibrand’s bill (S. 1520) would change the way the military prosecutes sexual assault and harassment, murder, and other major crimes within the ranks by taking away the commanders’ authority to decide whether to send cases to trial. The measure, which has 65 bipartisan co-sponsors, would empower independent military prosecutors to make those decisions.

Kirsten Gillibrand speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing June 10, 2021.
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Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a senior member of the Armed Services ...

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