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Democrat and Chronicle: Vote near on Gillibrand plan to address military assaults

The Democrat and Chronicle reports:

To get 60 votes, Gillibrand said she may narrow her proposal to cover only sexual offenses. Right now, it covers all criminal offenses carrying a potential jail sentence of at least a year.

“I prefer our amendment the way it’s written today,” Gillibrand said. “I think it’s cleaner to have a bright line for all serious crimes because at the end of the day every victim and defendant deserves a blind justice system, one that is not biased in any way. And they deserve to have trained military prosecutors review their cases. But if we can get to 60 with the more focused approach, I’d be willing to take that as a first step toward larger reform down the line.”

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