Bloomberg Law
Nov. 15, 2019, 7:05 PM

Supreme Court Takes Up Military Rape Statute of Limitations Cases

Perry Cooper
Perry Cooper

The federal government convinced the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 15 to consider whether rapes by members of the military should be subject to a statute of limitations.

The court consolidated the cases for one hour of oral argument.

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forced held in three recent cases that the Uniform Code of Military Justice allows prosecution of rapes that occurred between 1986 and 2006 only if they were discovered and charged within five years.

But at the time of the convictions, the appeals court interpreted the code to impose no statute of limitations for rape because ...

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