If Hagel Asks, It Will Probably Happen

Just in from Reuters:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has decided to ask Congress to change U.S. military law so that senior commanders no longer have the power to set aside jury convictions for major crimes like murder or sexual assault, a defense official said on Monday.

The decision follows a month-long review prompted by a controversial decision in which a senior commander in Europe set aside the sexual assault conviction of an Air Force lieutenant colonel, throwing out his one-year prison term and dismissal from the service.

We talked about this previously here and here.