Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:26
Just weeks after calling on the Air Force to remove a Lieutenant General from command, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill released a statement Wednesday regarding the retirement of that officer.
McCaskill says the decision by Lieutenant General Craig Franklin to step away from the Air Force is the right one, adding, "His handling of sexual assault cases is the best possible illustration of why civilian review, elimination of commanders’ ability to overturn convictions, and so many other protections are included in our recent defense bill.”
Franklin’s response to a sexual assault case at Aviano Air Base in Italy led to criticism and scrutiny of how such cases are handled by the military.
McCaskill introduced legislation—which has since been passed into law—that curtailed the authority of military commanders to dismiss jury convictions against sex offenders.
Other reforms designed to curb sexual assaults in the military include:
* Requiring civilian review if a commander declines to prosecute a case
* Assigning victims their own independent legal counsel to protect their rights
* Mandating dishonorable discharge for anyone convicted of sexual assault
* Criminalizing retaliation against victims who report a sexual assault
* Eliminating the statute of limitations in rape and sexual assault cases
Published in Local News