Friday, December 15, 2006

Swift gets her day; and her sentence

Oregon soldier Suzanne Swift finally had her day in military court--and it was a plea bargain.

Swift pled guilty to missing movement and being AWOL.

The guilty plea allows Smith to still earn an honorable discharge. She was sentenced to 30 days confinement. She'll also be assigned to a new unit once she completes her sentence.

Thankfully, this is a reasonable outcome for Swift--who had been facing a possible dishonorable discharge.

Unfortunately, the military does virtually nothing to those who sexually abuse women within their ranks. Apparently, the military has archaic laws to deal with sexual abusers in their ranks and are essentially protected by Congress, who refuses so far to step up and force legislation on the military to clean up their act.