S.538 - A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to modify the authorities and responsibilities of convening authorities in taking actions on the findings and sentences of courts-martial.113th Congress (2013-2014)
|Sponsor:||Sen. McCaskill, Claire [D-MO] (Introduced 03/12/2013)|
|Committees:||Senate - Armed Services|
|Latest Action:||06/04/2013 Committee on Armed Services. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 113-320.|
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Summary: S.538 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/12/2013)
Amends the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to require a convening authority (the official acting on the sentence of a court-martial), when taking any action other than approving a sentence, to prepare a written justification of such action which shall be made part of the record of the court-martial.
Prohibits a convening authority (or person acting in such capacity) from: (1) dismissing or setting aside a finding of guilty, or (2) reducing a finding of guilty to a finding of guilty to a lesser included offense. Repeals an inconsistent UCMJ provision.