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Expert: Military Sex Assault Bill Doesn’t Have Legs

NBC San Diego reports:

Military criminal defense attorney and retired Marine Colonel Jane Siegel has been involved in a lot of sexual assault cases.

Seigel applauds the bill saying its good in theory but notes California has no jurisdiction over the U.S. Armed Forces.

“Right now it’s a paper tiger,” she said. “They’re doing the right thing for the right reasons but it doesn’t have the legs.”

CMD’s don’t have dedicated judicial departments to adjudicate sexual assaults so policy dictates the cases get farmed out to local authorities. Padilla’s bill would make it a law not just policy.

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