For Immediate Release
January 10, 2014
Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell
DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell
Washington, DC- Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) released the following statement today on the dismissal against one of three football players involved in an infamous sexual assault at the Naval Academy.
“I am outraged that the Superintendent of the Naval Academy has unilaterally decided to not move forward to trial of a midshipman who has at the very least made false statements, which are expressly prohibited under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
“This Naval Academy case has been mishandled from top to bottom and is a case study in what is wrong with the military justice system. A botched investigation made the most compelling evidence inadmissible, a convening authority with a clear conflict of interest and no legal training has decided not to move forward with the case, and an abusive preliminary hearing punished the victim while the accused won’t even face his day in court. The invasive attack on the victim at pre-trial and the continued mishandling of this case will almost certainly have a chilling effect on the military academy students watching this miscarriage of justice.”
Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.