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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 5:12 pm

Sen. Claire McCaskill and several other U.S. senators have taken the lead to expose what they say in effect is a relaxed attitude by our military when it comes to sexual assault. Sen. McCaskill has raised the question of the authority of commanders to dismiss jury convictions against sex offenders.

She is proposing legislation that would curtail that authority while imposing new requirements that strengthen accountability in the Uniform Code of Military Justice. She has met with Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh about her concerns.

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