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Military Judge Raps Obama For Sexual Assault Comments -- USA Today
A military judge says two service members cannot be punitively discharged -- even if found guilty -- because of "unlawful command influence" reflected in comments by President Obama.
Citing court documents, Stars and Stripes reports that "Navy Judge Cmdr. Marcus Fulton ruled during pretrial hearings in two sexual assault cases -- U.S. v. Johnson and U.S. v. Fuentes -- that comments made by Obama as commander in chief would unduly influence any potential sentencing."
Attorneys for the defendants cited these May 7 comments by Obama on sexual assault in the military:
"The bottom line is: I have no tolerance for this. ... I expect consequences. ... So I don't just want more speeches or awareness programs or training, but ultimately folks look the other way. If we find out somebody's engaging in this, they've got to be held accountable -- prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period."
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More News On President Obama Being Criticized For Making Comments On Sexual Assault cases In The Military
Judge: Obama sex assault comments 'unlawful command influence' -- Stars and Stripes
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How Obama unwittingly gave military sex offenders a legal defense -- The Week
Why Hagel Had to Tell the Military to Ignore Obama on Sexual Assault -- The Atlantic
My Comment: And he (President Obama) studied law?!?!? I guess he forgot that he was Commander in Chief .... and that his comments would be interpreted as orders that would need to be carried out.