Army Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Misconduct Charges
Sgt. Maj. Gene C. McKinney pled not guilty to 19 charges, including sexual misconduct. McKinney, the Army1s former top enlisted soldier, has been accused by six women of sexual harassment and misconduct. McKinney faces charges of indecent assault, maltreatment of a subordinate, adultery and obstruction of justice.
Six officers, including four women and six command sergeants major were questioned for jury duty. Jury selection will be concluded today.
In military law, the jury can consist of a minimum of five members. Two-thirds are required to vote for a conviction, while three-fourths of the panel must vote for a sentence of ten years or more. McKinney, who filed papers requesting retirement with full benefits this summer, faces loss of rank and 55 years in prison if convicted.
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12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .