Statements Complication Sexual Assault Prosecutions
By Harold Hutchison
While dealing with sexual assault has been a priority, and President Obama may have meant well when he said that those military personnel convicted of sexual assault should be “prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged,” but his comments may have made punishing those guilty of sexual assault a much more difficult task.
According to media reports, in several cases, military judges have ruled that Obama’s comments constitute “unlawful command influence” in the military justice system. As such, the convicted defendants cannot be dishonorably discharged – and at least one case has been thrown out altogether.
Is this just the latest case of Obama’s incompetence in dealing with military matters?