The Uniform Code of Military Justice, a Legal System in Flux (PDF)
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The most significant change to the UCMJ since its advent was in 1968, when Congress created military judges. Now, the system is now in great flux with Congress having made the most significant changes since 1968 and apparently likely to make even more statutory changes. The reason for those changes, of course, has been the problem of sexual assault and related crimes in the armed forces.
Colonel Francis A. Gilligan is Senior Legal Advisor for the United States Court of Military Appeals. He is Chief of the Army's Criminal Law Division and is both a member and Chair of the Joint Service Committee on Military Justice. He has been responsible for review and revision of military criminal law throughout the armed forces.
Professor Fredric I. Lederer teaches criminal procedure, evidence litigation, and military law at the College of William and Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law. A former Army defense counsel, prosecutor, and trial judge, he was co-drafter of the Military Rules of Evidence. As a reserve officer, he now serves as Deputy Commandant (IMA) of the Army's Judge Advocate General's School. He has lectured frequently at such programs as the Inter-Service Military Judge's Seminar. A prolific writer, Professor Lederer is co-author of a leading text on criminal evidence and author of a military criminal law text used for many years at the Army's Judge Advocate General's School.
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