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Baltimore Sun: Naval Academy case is fuel for proponents of military justice reform

Protect Our Defenders Executive Director Taryn Meeks is festured in this Baltimore Sun article:

Critics say Article 32 hearings can force sexual assault victims to publicly relive their trauma twice, and they argue that prosecutors — not commanders — should be responsible for decisions about whether to court-martial suspects.

Unlike a civilian grand jury, which is conducted in secret with prosecutors offering evidence to a panel of jurors to evaluate, Article 32 hearings are public. The defendants have a right to be present at Article 32 hearings, and their attorneys can examine witnesses and offer evidence.

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