07 June 2009

NY civilian court taking too long to prosecute suspected DWI soldiers

Yesterday the Watertown Daily Times reports here that Fort Drum in New York will now prosecute its own soldiers, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, for suspected drunk driving off base. Army Major General Michael Oates stated that the civilian courts in Jefferson County were taking too long to prosecute the cases and he wants to see them concluded more quickly. But Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert indicated that she's not interested in divesting the state's jurisdiction to prosecute suspected soldiers of DWI. The DA is now going to open dialogue with Army officials at Fort Drum concerning this issue.

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