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Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs Chairman, Cites ‘Crisis’ Over Military Sexual Assaults

Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor report for The Huffington Post:

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., planned to introduce legislation Thursday taking top commanders out of the process of deciding whether a sexual misconduct case goes to trial. For sexual offenses with authorized sentences of more than one year in confinement – akin to felonies in the civilian judicial system – that decision would rest instead with officers at ranks as low as colonel who are seasoned trial counsels with prosecutorial experience.

`”What we need to do is change the system so victims know that they can receive justice,” Gillibrand said Thursday on CBS “This Morning.”

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