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Topic - Greg Jacob
Lawmakers say they fear the Defense Department has found a new way to drum sexual assault victims out of the service: by diagnosing adjustment disorder and having them discharged from the military.
Both sides in the military sexual assault debate are finding ammunition in last week's sentencing of Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair — one of the highest-profile court-martial cases in military history, and one that shows just how tricky it could be to reduce the assault rate in the ranks and successfully punish offenders.
It has been looming for months, but Congress' debate over how to deal with sexual assaults in the U.S. military could get lost in the end-of-year shuffle as Senate Democrats find themselves with little time to tackle the budget, presidential nominations and a host of other major priorities.
"You can set up all these things to try to make all of these convening authorities do something the right way, or you can give it to the lawyers who are trained to do it and are trained to do it the right way," he said.
But he said mandatory minimums are applied unfairly to minorities in civilian courts, and he doesn't want to see that spill over into the military.