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Military justice reforms still leave some criminal cases to commanders with no legal expertise

The military resisted reforming its justice system for decades. Major congressional changes passed in 2021 promised to overhaul that system — but experts say they may have just made it more complicated.

By Vianna Davila, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica
A mural in honor of Army Spc. Vanessa GuillÈn in the Dove Springs neighborhood of South Austin. July 6, 2020.

The reforms were long overdue

The compromise will change only some things

The 2021 law wasn’t the last word

More work remains to be done

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