Articles Tagged with UVVA

How far should members of congress or the President, or anyone, get involved in how to prosecute Major Hasan for his acts at Fort Hood.  Certainly the victims are entitled to be involved and are required to be through the Department of Defense Victim-Witness Assistance Program.  The program does not give politicians or government officials a right to be involved.

Risch Urges Additional Murder Charge in Fort Hood Slayings

This article reports that at least two Congress people are getting involved seeking to influence the prosecution of Major Hasan.  Are they creating fodder for various defense motions, making the prosecutions job a political one, or just plain bad form.  The talk is about Article 119a, UCMJ, a product of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), which is an outgrowth of special interests who convinced Congress in 2004 that a fetus is a child.  It’s a political issue, it was a political hot-potato then, and potentially still is, albeit there is a statute in place.  I guess we should see what other pressures and special interests can get on board to help the prosecutors out, and possibly the defense in the process – I’m sure both sides will be happy for the extra help.

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