read more: http://www.stripes.com/senator-puts-...otion-1.218293WASHINGTON — Sen. Claire McCaskill is holding up the nomination of Air Force Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, tapped to serve as vice commander of the U.S. Space Command, until the Missouri Democrat gets more information about Helms' decision to overturn a jury conviction in a sexual assault case.
"As the senator works to change the military justice system to better protect survivors of sexual assault and hold perpetrators accountable, she wants to ensure that cases in which commanders overturned jury verdicts against the advice of legal counsel are given the appropriate scrutiny," Drew Pusateri, a spokesman for the senator, said Thursday.
In February 2012, Helms rejected the recommendation of legal counsel and overturned the conviction of an Air Force captain who had been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a female lieutenant.
McCaskill's hold prevents the Senate from approving Helms' nomination.
The Helms' situation echoes another Air Force case that has outraged members of Congress.
Although...I don't believe this is a promotion, she is already a 3-star moving to another 3-star billet, but still must be reconfirmed.
Although, I'm thinking if you get convicted of sexual assault now, your chances of getting it overturned by the convening authority are pretty much nil.
Last edited by Measure Man; 04-25-2013 at 06:51 PM.
I think Helms and Franklin should be booted out of the Air Force.
You got a point... Does a convening authority has the say on whether they offer NJP or not? Can the accused request NJP?
I am curious why they would nominate her for a position at a Command that went away in 2002? There is AF Space Command but no U.S. Space Command (merged with U.S. Strategic Command in 2002)....
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