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Senator: Military Justice Changes Must Go Beyond Sex Cases

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FILE - In this March 14, 2021, file photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference in New York. Gillibrand is on the brink of success in her years-long campaign to get sexual assault cases removed from the military chain of command.  But getting over the finish line may depend on whether she can overcome wariness about broader changes she's seeking to the military justice system. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on the brink of success in her yearslong campaign to get sexual assault cases removed from the military chain of command. But getting over the finish line may depend on whether the New York Democrat can overcome wariness about broader changes she’s seeking to the military justice system. There is now widespread support for using independent military lawyers to handle sexual misconduct cases, but Gillibrand is promoting legislation that goes beyond that, extending that change to all major crimes. Top Pentagon officials and key lawmakers are open to the sexual assault shift but say applying it more broadly requires more study.

 

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