Obama’s strong words against rape in military

used as reason to be soft on military rapists. [Many expletives deleted.]

Navy Judge Commander Marcus Fulton has just ruled that comments made by the President regarding military rape “would unduly influence” any potential sentencing in the cases of two defendants in military sexual assault cases, U.S. vs. Johnson and U.S. vs. Fuentes. Stars and Stripes reports that, per the judge’s ruling, should the two men be found guilty, they cannot be punitively discharged because of “unlawful command influence,” meaning, because of what President Obama, as the Commander in Chief, said. Would you like to know what incendiary, unduly prejudicial, trial-influencing comments the president made, so inflammatory that if two servicemen are actually found guilty of violently raping they should not be punished?

“The bottom line is: I have no tolerance for this,” Obama said, according to an NBC News story submitted as evidence by defense attorneys in the sexual assault cases.

‘I expect consequences,” Obama added. “So I don’t just want more speeches or awareness programs or training, but ultimately folks look the other way. If we find out somebody’s engaging in this, they’ve got to be held accountable — prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period.”

(Thanks, T!)

3 thoughts on “Obama’s strong words against rape in military

  1. This is utterly insane. I expect the ruling to be overturned. There is a fairly good discussion of the legal issues at Volokh Conspiracy.

  2. As an Air Force veteran who managed to thwart an Army M.P. rapist* with a fine pair of German sewing scissors and the determination to kill him if necessary —

    I want the president to fire this Navy judge and it let it ring throughout the armed forces that military leaders do not get to write the law, are obligated to enforce it, and are obligated to investigate rape charges. Many women who report rape in the military find themselves diagnosed with personality disorders, and washed without the benefits they earned.

    All this wrong cannot be righted, but the military is a top-down organization. One ruined career in high places would make a very big impression on lifers, especially the one’s who appear not to have gotten the chain of command down yet.

    *my room mate’s friend, in my apartment, after my room mate left

  3. Wow. I honestly can imagine how that could unduly influence the sentencing of those two men. I imagine (possibly naively so) that the majority of men and women would share the President’s opinion in this matter.

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