30 November 2009

Equal Justice for Our Military Act slated for markup by full House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday

[UPDATED] On Wednesday, 2 December 2009, the full U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary will markup the Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009, H.R. 569 according to House Judiciary counsel Eric Garduno and the Committee web site's hearing page here. The markup will be available for viewing live via a web cast here at 1015 hours (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).

In July the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy of the House Judiciary favorably reported H.R. 569 out to the full Committee. I've previously discussed that here.

Over on CAAFlog, Dwight Sullivan, has previously discussed highlights of the Subcommittee hearing which took place back in June. Mr. Sullivan's post can be found here. Mr. Sullivan also testified in support of H.R. 569 and his opening statement can be found here.

Retired Major General Altenburg, U.S. Army, testified against the bill. His opening statement can be found here.

The bill enjoys broad support from military veterans groups and legal advocacy associations. The supporters include the American Bar Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, Military Officers Association of America, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and National Institute of Military Justice. Three former chief judges of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces have also supported H.R. 569, Judges Walter Cox III and Eugene Sullivan, and the late Robinson Everett.

I've been told by contacts on the Hill that within a week or two after Wednesday's markup an official Congressional report will be issued on H.R. 569.

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