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Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases

Libby312 Wrote: Mar 06, 2014 2:11 PM
Actually, Frank, that is huge problem on college campuses. The campus police often talk the victim out of reporting a crime. Or they refuse to turn it over to the police. Universities do not want their school to be associated with rape statistics.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in Congress.

The vote was 55-45 in favor of stripping commanders of that authority, but that was short of the 60 necessary to move ahead on the legislation sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Her bill would have given the decision to take serious crimes to courts-martial to seasoned military trial lawyers, independent of the chain of command.

The debate and vote were the culmination of...