August 17, 2013 5:47 PM

McCaskill’s stand on military sexual assaults creates rift

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and 45 other senators want to strip commanders of the power to decide whether to prosecute sexual assault and other serious crimes. Instead, independent military prosecutors would decide whether a case should go to trial. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri wants to keep the decision-making process within the chain of command while adding a layer of civilian review. Doing so, she argues, keeps commanders accountable.

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