“One legislative effort Protect Our Defenders has been deeply involved with has been Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). Currently, commanders hold decision-making power in criminal cases. They get to decide if a case proceeds to a court martial, and they can even overturn convictions. The MJIA would transfer this power to military prosecutors. Unfortunately, the Senate has filibustered against the MJIA repeatedly, but Gillibrand and Protect our Defenders remain undeterred.”
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