The Military's Latest Rape-Case Mess

A sexual assault case reveals an unbalanced military justice system

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Eugene Fidell, an expert in military justice at Yale, says the military needs to make its hearings shorter--and fairer. "They're a waste of time, money and are--particularly in cases like this--a vehicle for oppression of witnesses," he says. "This case raises serious questions about whether Article 32 hearings have become an engine of injustice."

Navy officials will decide in the next several weeks whether the case should proceed to a full court-martial.

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