Judge Sounds Off On Military Sex Assault Sentencing Gaps

Law360, Washington (October 9, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT) -- A North Carolina federal judge said Friday that the Pentagon has "serious problems" with sentencing disparities in military sexual assault cases, noting the absence of guidelines to help tribunals reach relatively uniform prison terms for service members guilty of rape and other offenses.

U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney has presided over a number of courts-martial while on tour as a military judge in Iraq. And during a public advisory hearing Friday, he lamented the drastic differences between sentences that he has seen from military judicial panels.

"In the federal system, because the Supreme Court has told us so in United...

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