July 10, 2013

WASHINGTON DC - In a speech on the House floor, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) called on the military to revisit the case of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, who was convicted of sexual assault by a jury of officers, but ultimately exonerated by a single general.

“Today, I’m demanding real justice. The Air Force needs to redeem itself. I call on the Air Force to convene an Involuntary Discharge Board. For Wilkerson’s gross misconduct, the Secretary of Air Force should also do a grade determination and demote Wilkerson to his rank at the time of his first offense. I have sent a letter to the Secretary demanding these actions. Twenty-Five of my colleagues in the House have joined me and signed that letter.”

The entire speech can be viewed here.

The letter sent to the Secretary of the Air Force can be viewed here.