For Immediate Release
March 20, 2014
DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell
CA – Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) issued the following statement after sentencing was announced in the Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair court-martial:
“Even when the world is watching, the military has demonstrated their incompetence at meting out justice. This is another sordid example of how truly broken the military justice system is. This sentence is a mockery of military justice, a slap on the wrist nowhere close to being proportional to Sinclair’s offenses. It is even reduced from the punishment his plea agreement permitted, which said that he would serve no more than 18 months in jail. Sinclair himself must be shocked by this laughable punishment, since he pleaded with the court to only be demoted two ranks.
“The misuse of government funds should be more than enough to fire General Sinclair. There are plenty of former government employees who have been canned for less. Instead, the judge decided to make him pay back the money he fraudulently charged, pay a small fine compared to his generous taxpayer funded pension, and let him remain in the military. This is another painful case study of what the military’s definition of “justice” is and instructive to those who are thinking of coming forward to report wrongdoing of high ranking officers. It is astonishing that in the military the testimony of friends and relatives outweighs hard evidence of wrongdoing. How many more examples does Congress need until we fix this system?”
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. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.