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White House Issues New Courts-Martial Rules

April 13, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Military courts could sentence some criminals to life without parole and forbid witnesses from talking to reporters under changes to the manual for courts-martial issued by the White House.

The changes also spell out for the first time rules for prosecuting military members for adultery. The rules say the adultery must either damage military order and discipline or hurt the military's reputation.

The new rules take effect May 15. As commander in chief, President Bush has the power to write regulations controlling military courts.

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