the story. Perhaps some of our Canadian readers can comment on what, if anything, this outcome means.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
reported the death of Robert Sherrill, a journalist and author. In 1970 he wrote "Military Justice is to Justice as Military Music is to Music." (Sometimes incorrectly attributed to Groucho Marx, the phrase was actually the work of Georges Clemenceau.) Edward F. Sherman, later Dean of Tulane Law School, writing in The New York Times, called the Vietnam Era book "an immensely readable critique of the way the military dispenses justice."
|Gov. Jerry Brown|
Sexual assault cases involving active-duty members of the state military are already typically handled in local civilian courts, as the California Military Department isn't equipped to pursue the cases. The new law codifies that practice starting in 2015, and is envisioned as a trend-setter.
"We know that the debate in Washington D.C. and the efforts in the nation's capital have been difficult for those trying to separate the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases from the chain of command in the military," said Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), who authored the bill.
"California can be the first state in the nation to do so and it is my hope that we set an example not just for other states, but build enough momentum into achieving this at a federal level."
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
this article from Pagina Siete. Supporters are on a hunger strike.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
|Commodore Kevin Keat, RNZN|
[I]n a 71-page decision yesterday, Justice Jillian Mallon, on behalf of the appeal court, said [trial judge Chris] Hodson [QC] had failed to properly direct the three-person military panel at Keat's court martial on the issue of his state of mind, and had failed to properly summarise the defence case.
[Commodore Kevin] Keat's convictions were quashed as a result, but the appeal court was unable to say whether or not they would have been proven if the correct process had been followed.