Monday, July 28, 2008
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up S. 2052, the Equal Justice for United States Military Personnel Act. The legislation is sponsored by Senator Feinstein and co-sponsored by Senators Feingold and Specter. The bill would expand the Supreme Court's certiorari jurisdiction to include direct appeals in which CAAF denies review and petitions for extraordinary relief for which CAAF denies relief. This would give service members (and civilians court-martialed in contingency areas) who receive sentences meeting Article 66's jurisdictional threshold access to the Supreme Court comparable to that of every state and federal criminal defendant in the United States.
Posted by Dwight Sullivan at 9:16 PM