In a recent blog post, we discussed proposed Congressional changes to the UCMJ, primarily to provide for more transparency in cases involving sexual assault.
Active duty members of the military have many of the same rights under the UCMJ that civilians enjoy under their state and federal constitutions. There are some differences, though, which make it important to hire an experienced military defense lawyer with knowledge about how pre-trial confinement impacts your case.
In enacting the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, Congress has now provided for alleged victims of sexual assaults to have distinct legal rights.
As the new year dawns, it is more than appropriate to review Congress' latest tinkering with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The latest changes to the UCMJ will create a new landscape for those facing the most serious offenses. The Article 32 hearing, long analogized to a grand jury, but with attendant rights given to an accused, will be dramatically different especially for crimes related to sexual assault.