Gillibrand’s bill would repeal the decision to prosecute serious crimes such as sexual assault and murder of military commanders and instead refer it to military prosecutors. She said that while she couldn’t discuss why Reed is blocking the bill, she disagreed with his stance to narrow the bill so that it only applies to sex crimes.
“You will do a series of justice for a number of plaintiffs and defendants and the rest for everyone else,” Gillibrand said. “That’s not fair.”
The New York Senator also raised prejudice in the current system, including racial prejudice and prejudice against the victims.
“To get bias out of the system across the board, you need a trained military attorney to make those decisions about whether to bring it to justice,” she said. “That takes it out of the chain of command. The chain of command is biased because they may know the culprit, the accused. They may know the survivor.”
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., Chairman of the House Forces Military Personnel Subcommittee, supports similar laws in the House.