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New law requires civilian investigation of military sex assault cases
New law requires civilian investigation of military sex assault cases

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Thursday a measure requiring that sexual assault allegations by members of the California National Guard, State Military Reserve, and the Naval Militia be investigated and prosecuted by local civilian prosecutors instead of the chain of command of the Guard or California Military Department. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) introduced SB 1422 because of concerns about the quality of internal military probes. “Sexual assault is a serious problem throughout our military,” Padilla said. “While Washington debates how to address this crisis, California can lead by example.  Victims of sexual assault deserve our support and a respectful...

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