H.R.5222 - Military Commissions Act of 2004108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Sanchez, Loretta [D-CA-47] (Introduced 10/05/2004)|
|Committees:||House - Armed Services|
|Latest Action:||House - 10/05/2004 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.5222 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (10/05/2004)
Military Commissions Act of 2004 - Amends the Uniform Code of Military Justice to permit a military commission to try any person, not a citizen of the United States, for one or more offenses against the law of war or in furtherance of terrorism. Permits only the President, or a person designated by the President, to appoint such a commission. Requires a commission to consist of not less than three members and not more than seven members.
States that trial and defense counsel shall be detailed for a military commission on the same basis as such counsel are detailed for a general court-martial.
Requires members of a military commission to deliberate and vote in closed conference.
Prohibits: (1) a military commission from finding a person guilty of an offense, and determining a sentence, except by the concurrence of two-thirds of the members present at the time the vote is taken; and (2) from sentencing a person to suffer death except by the concurrence of all the members as to the findings and as to the sentence.
Sets forth other requirements relating to a commission, including requiring the accused in a military commission to be given specified minimum rights and protections.
Outlines procedures for, and courts of, appeal.