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McCaskill, Gillibrand React to Panel Report

Last week, the Role of the Commander subcommittee released a report strongly advocating that military commanders retain their control in sexual assault cases. The committee supported such ...
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Should the Military Abolish the Widow's Tax?

This past Monday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, along with various veterans groups and advocates, backed legislation proposing to ban what is known as the "widow's tax." The ...
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Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

The U.S. government's relentless prosecution of Bradley Manning came to a close yesterday when Judge Colonel Denise Lind sentenced the former Army intelligence analyst to 35 years in prison. While ...
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Supreme Court Respect for Drug Sniffing Dogs Results in Stricter Use

The Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion today in Florida v. Jardines holding that police must have a search warrant in order to use drug sniffing dogs outside of a person's home. ...
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SCOTUS finds United States has Waived its Immunity to Liability in Armed Forces Medical Battery

The Supreme Court issued its opinion today on Levin v. U.S. and had held that the United States' may be sued for medial battery under the court's interpretation of the Gonzales Act. Typically, ...
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Plain Error at Trial Need Only be Plain at the Time of Appellate Review

In an interesting and someone paradoxical decision coming out of the Supreme Court, the justices decided that for an appellate court to overturn a trial court's "plain error" that was ...
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Supreme Court debating whether to review Behenna 2nd degree murder conviction

The Supreme Court has extended their time to consider whether or not to grant certiorari in the case of Behenna v. United States. The issues at bar are whether the trial judge's instruction to the ...
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SCOTUS to determine the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

The Supreme Court has granted cert for two cases that face a similar issue: the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. In hearing initial proceedings on Windsor v. United States, the SCOTUS ...
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SCOTUS to review whether military members may bring medical malpractice claims against military physicians

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Levin v. United States, in which the court attempted to answer whether the Gonzales Act waived the federal government's sovereign immunity in ...
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