Wednesday, May 27, 2009

DOD web site indicates House Judiciary subcommittee will hold hearing on military justice certiorari bill next Friday

Norbert MacLean is reporting on his blog that a DOD website has revealed that a House judiciary subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Equal Justice for Our Military Act, H.R. 569, next Friday, 5 June. The bill would expand court-martial convicts' access to the Supreme Court.

DOD's witness at the hearing is listed as "TBD." During the Bush Administration, DOD opposed a similar bill. It will be interesting to see whether DOD under President Obama takes a different view of the legislation. Interestingly, as reflected by this report, DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson is a former member of the National Institute of Military Justice's board of advisors. [DISCLAIMER: so am I.] Mr. MacLean's blog post indicates that NIMJ supports the bill.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought NIMJ doesn't have members?

Anonymous said...

NIMJ has former members.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Maclean is a NIMJ Member.

Norbert Basil MacLean III said...
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Anonymous said...

Where can I find a NIMJ membership application?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Maclean has the applications, but he is not a member, he is the rush chairman.

Norbert Basil MacLean III said...

Anon posters: I am not affiliated with NIMJ. However, I have lobbied for the passage of the bill. In fact, I'm the one that first proposed the legislation.

Anonymous said...

Mr. MacLean,
Understanding that you are not a member, do you know where I can find info about NIMJ membership?

Anonymous said...

Eugene Fidell has them.