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AP: Army head to decide rank of disgraced general

The Associated Press reports:

The secretary of the Army said Tuesday he will have the final say on whether a disgraced brigadier general at the center of a sexual misconduct case retires at a lower rank with sharply reduced retirement pay.

Facing outraged House Democrats, John McHugh said the case of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair remains open a week after he was spared prison and sentenced to a reprimand and a $20,000 fine.

“The process is still ongoing. I have to make final certifications about rank and retirement,” McHugh told the Armed Services Committee.

The article also mentioned Former President Jimmy Carter’s comments regarding military sexual assault on the Late Show with David Letterman:

Former President Jimmy Carter, who served in the Navy, suggested one way to address the issue of sexual assault would be to take the authority away from commanders.

“In the military the first thing you could do is to remove from the commanding officers the authority about whether a rapist will be tried or not,” Carter said in an interview Monday night on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.”

“I was a submarine officer. I was qualified to command submarines. And it’s almost impossible for commanding officers to bring to justice a rapist, because it reflects adversely on his capability as a military commander if sexual abuse is taking place in his company or his battalion.”

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