Sen. Claire McCaskill Doesn't Understand the "Good Soldier" Defense

After congress eliminated military defense attorneys’ ability to use the “good soldier” defense in sexual assault trials, Sen. Claire McCaskill is quoted saying, “In the military, how good an airman, sailor, soldier or Marine you are has absolutely nothing to do with whether a rape has occurred.”

What McCaskill fails to recognize is that the “good soldier” defense is not used as hard evidence to determine whether a sexual assault occurred, but rather as a way to suggest plausible doubt by pointing out a soldier’s well documented past conduct and integrity. Eliminating this defense only serves to bind the hands of the accused and forbid them from bolstering the value of their own account.

If you are facing charges for sexual assault as a member of the military, it is imperative that you act quickly and retain the aggressive court martial defense lawyer that you need. Call Bilecki & Tipon, LLLC today for your initial consultation.

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