BREAKING: AP: 90-Day Commission to Recommend Removing Commander Disposition Authority Over Sexual Assault Cases
"The review panel said that for certain special victims crimes, designated independent judge advocates reporting to a civilian-led office of the Chief Special Victim Prosecutor should decide two key legal questions: whether to charge someone and, ultimately, if that charge should go to a court martial, the officials said. The crimes would include sexual assault, sexual harassment and, potentially, certain hate crimes....The officials said other initial recommendations sent to Austin seek to professionalize the workforce involved in the cases, calling for a military justice career track for prosecutors, judges, investigators and victims’ advocates. They also recommended improvements in allowing victims to get protective orders, and said there should be a set timeline for the justice process."
Here is a link to the "I am Vanessa Guillen Act." for potential comparison once a public copy of the IRC report becomes available. A guess, but we are not likely to see a FR notice for public comment initially, if at all.
Update from DoD PAO after FOIA request.
The document referred to in the article is pre-decisional and not available for public release while deliberations continue. I can share the following, attributable to John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary:
We can confirm that Lynn Rosenthal, Director of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault, delivered to Secretary Austin today an initial set of recommendations. These particular recommendations referred to the accountability line of effort. The Secretary will now review the recommendations and consult with service leaders. The Secretary has asked the services to provide their candid assessment and feedback of these initial recommendations by the end of May.
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