April 9, 2013
Susan Davis Re-Introduces Equal Justice for Our Military
WASHINGTON – The words on the United States Supreme Court building read “Equal Justice Under Law.” Yet some service members are denied access to the nation’s highest court. To correct this inequity in the military justice system, Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) introduced legislation to grant these service members access to the Supreme Court.
The Equal Justice for Our Military Act would eliminate a troubling disparity in current law by allowing court-martialed servicemembers to appeal for Supreme Court review.
“This is a simple matter of fairness,” said Davis, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “We ask our men and women in uniform to support and defend our Constitution, which guarantees due process, yet we deny some of them that process.”
The bill would also allow the Supreme Court discretionary review of certain cases, a provision supported by the American Bar Association.
Congress created a separate criminal justice system for our Armed Forces, which is governed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The UCMJ provides that criminal charges against members of the Armed Forces will be tried before courts-martial and further provides for the review of court-martial judgments by a series of military courts and officials.