Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, was appointed Tuesday to the Department of Defense’s “Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel.” The announcement of appointees came yesterday from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. In announcing the formation of this panel, Hagel vowed that commanders will be held responsible for sexual assaults under the DOD’s new sexual assault prevention policy.
Of the nine appointees, Bryant is the only current civilian prosecutor. Others appointed include:
· Former Representative Elizabeth Holtzman
· James Houck, vice admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
· Judge Barbara Jones, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Ret.)
· David Lisak, Ph.D.
· Colleen McGuire, brigadier general, U.S. Army (Ret.)
· Melinda Dunn, brigadier general, U.S. Army (Ret.)
· Holly O’Grady Cook, colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
· Professor Elizabeth Hillman, Hastings Law School
The panel is a federal advisory committee that will conduct an independent review of the systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving adult sexual assault and related offenses under article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in an effort to improve the effectiveness of those systems. Their first meeting will be no later than July 1, 2013. Bryant was appointed to the panel by the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator James Inhofe.
“The panel will consider some very challenging issues of great importance to the men and women of our armed forces and to the military justice system. I look forward to working with and learning from this very experienced panel,” Bryant said.
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