August 15, 2013
by G. Redd
The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Wednesday that it will extend benefits to same-sex couples in compliance with the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Likewise, those couples stationed in a jurisdiction that will not provide a valid ...[read more]
February 12, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday signed a memorandum extending government benefits to same-sex partners of military personnel that were previously available only to spouses. Some of the benefits now extended to same-sex partners include access to commissaries, family counseling, child ...[read more]
August 7, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
US President Barack Obama on Monday signed the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, which provides a number of benefits to veterans and limits the ability to protest at a military funeral. In addition to authorizing the veterans benefits the new law ...[read more]
March 6, 2012
by Brandy Ringer
JURIST Guest Columnists Nick Tiger of Servicemembers United and Danielle Hawkes of The American Military Partner Association argue that the DOJ decision to allow military and veteran benefits for same-sex couples will lead to a Supreme Court ruling on whether heightened scrutiny should be applied ...[read more]
February 19, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
US Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter Friday to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) stating that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided that denying same-sex couples military and veterans benefits violates the equal protection component of the Fifth Amendment. In the letter, ...[read more]
December 14, 2010
by Adrienne Lester
JURIST Contributing Editor Geoffrey S. Corn, Lt. Col. US Army (Ret.) of South Texas College of Law, says that past actions of a former Army Colonel recently elected to Congress highlight the need for military leaders to look beyond the narrow tactical benefits of harsh measures, to their larger ...[read more]
October 23, 2009
by Sarah Miley
The Supreme Court of Israel on Thursday ruled against a military order prohibiting Palestinians from traveling on a central West Bank road. Finding in favor of a petition submitted by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the court held that impeding the rights of several thousand ...[read more]
November 5, 2008
by Safiya Boucaud
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday sentenced former Japanese administrative vice defense minister Takemasa Moriya to two and a half years in prison for accepting bribes and committing perjury. In April, Moriya pleaded guilty to accepting approximately $126,000 worth of illegal benefits from ...[read more]
May 15, 2008
by Abigail Salisbury
US Air Force Reserve Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann, a top Pentagon legal advisor on the Guantanamo military commission trials, said Wednesday that he will not resign despite questions concerning his objectivity. Hartmann serves as legal advisor to Susan J. Crawford, the Convening Authority for the ...[read more]
May 10, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts
A US military judge has ruled that US Air Force Reserve Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann, a top Pentagon legal adviser on the Guantanamo military commission trials, is ineligible to participate in the first military commission trial of a detainee because he is too closely associated with the ...[read more]

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