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Assault cases highlight troublesome divides between military, civilian justice

Recent attention to military sexual assaults highlights an important discrepancy between military and civilian justice. Can a case really be just set aside? In my view anyone who commits such an offense against a fellow soldier should be found guilty of treason.

The case of Lieutenant Colonel James Wilkerson that Juliette Kayyem cited in “Conduct unbecoming the mlitary” (Op-ed, March 14) makes it clear that what is at issue is not only a matter of personal safety but one of honor and loyalty. Is this not central to all soldiers’ commitment to each other and to country?

Gordon D. Chase


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