Naval Academy Rape Case Could Change Military Hearings

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The questioning of a female U.S. Naval Academy midshipman allegedly sexually asaulted by classmates, during an preliminary military hearing could possibly reform the way future hearings are conducted, NBC News reported. The amendment presented by the National Defense Authorization Act would limit the purpose of Article 32 preliminary hearings, where there is currently no limit at all. Susan Burke, the midshipman's attorney is aggressively supporting this issue in light of the 30 hours of invasive questioning over a week and a half long period her client endured. The House version of the NDAA is expected to be voted on Friday, in the hopes that the Senate can vote next week, per the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

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