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McCaskill Wins By Losing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Senate supports Senator McCaskill’s proposal to make unit commanders responsible for prosecution of military sex assault cases in their units. Another Senator had proposed letting a special prosecutor decide if the case should be filed.

The Senate supports Senator McCaskill’s proposal to make unit commanders responsible for prosecution of military sex assault cases in their units.  Another Senator had proposed letting a special prosecutor decide if the case should be filed.

The Senate has voted 55-45 for the other proposal.  But the change needed sixty votes to replace McCaskill’s approach. 

She  says the change in procedure is the 35th major reform to the military justice system approved by the senate in the last year.  She says the changes make the American military the most crime victim-friendly organization in the world.

C-SPAN’s coverage of the final arguments are at:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?318155-4/senate-considers-competing-military-sexual-assault-bills

The debate lasts about two hours.  It focuses on a competing plan offered by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibramd, who speaks first.  McCaskill speaks about her experience  as the Jackson County Prosecutor and the reasons she favors leaving responsibilities for prosecution of military sex crimes with commanders of the units involved with the crime about halfway through the debate as part of a colloquy she has with Senators Graham and Ayotte.  She also speaks near the end, shortly before Gillibrand makes her final arguments.

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