MILITARY: ‘Flawed’ New Rape Law Roils Military Justice


Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor
McClatchy Newspapers
September 22, 2011

Six years ago, Congress tried cracking down on rape in the military. Prompted by disturbing reports of sexual assaults in military academies and war zones, lawmakers rewrote the rules. They wanted to protect victims and help prosecutors.

Now it’s clear that the effort backfired.

The politically attractive but poorly understood legal changes have incited courtroom confusion, judicial frustration and constitutional conflict. Extensive interviews and a McClatchy Newspapers review of thousands of pages of court documents and internal studies find a congressionally caused crisis of military justice that few civilians know anything about.


Read the full story in the North County Times, here.