The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) voted against the legislation backed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand that proposed to strip military commanders of the power of making certain decisions in sexual assault court-martials. Senator Carl Levin, the leader of the SASC is pushing strongly against Senator Gillibrand’s movement despite the fact that her proposals seem to be gaining strong support. Senator Levin spoke out stating that, “the power to initiate a court martial is perhaps the strongest weapon commanders have to back up efforts to change climate in their units.” Senator Claire McCaskill has joined forces with Senator Levin and they have devised their own proposal that will keep military commanders in power, but allow for more oversight over commanders to ensure they don’t abuse their power. Both sides are striving for the same result, however they each have their own ideas regarding how to get there. If you are facing sexual assault court-martial charges in the military, you need a strong advocate now more than ever. You need someone with experience who understands the political climate we currently live in. To speak to an experienced court-martial and military defense attorney, call Bill Cassara at 706-860-5769 for a free consultation.