Military sexual assault bill heads for Senate vote

Mar 6, 2014 6:39 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is scheduled to take up the volatile issue of military sexual assaults today.

A bill opposed by the Pentagon would remove the authority of commanders to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses and place it in the hands of seasoned military trial lawyers.

The bill is also opposed by some Senate Democrats.

An AP investigation has found a pattern of inconsistent judgments and light penalties.


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