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S.D. Congresswoman Wants Military to Have Access to Supreme Court


Aired 4/19/09

San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis says court-martialed service members should have access to the U.S. Supreme Court in some cases. She has introduced such a measure in the House. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

A service member convicted of a crime can appeal to a special military court. But if the appeal is denied, that's the end of the legal road. The "Equal Justice for Our Military Act" would let the Supreme Court intervene ... But only in extraordinary circumstances.

Representative Davis says service members deserve equal access to due process of the law.

Davis: They need to have access to the highest court in the land. Our government has access to the Supreme Court, and yet if you're in the military, and you've been court-martialed, you are not given that right.

Davis spoke on the KPBS Radio's These Days . The measure may never reach the president's desk, though. It has died in Congress several times over the past decade.

Andrew Phelps, KPBS News.

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