We previously discussed the JSC's proposed amendments, which included creating an enumerated Article 134 offense specifically covering child pornography. That idea has been shelved, at least for now. As the JSC noted yesterday:
The JSC considered the public comments and, coupled with the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces recently hearing arguments on issues of child pornography with decisions pending, decided to withdraw the proposed addition of a paragraph addressing child pornography under Article 134 in Part IV of the MCM. The child pornography proposal will continue to be considered as part of the 2009 annual review.The JSC went forward with its other recommendations, which included providing specific guidance concerning the availability of fines in prosecutions of civilians who are subject to UCMJ jurisidiction, revising the rules governing SJARs, and increasing the maximum authorized confinement for manslaughter of someone less than 16 years old.