Top Pentagon officials are taking to Capitol Hill this week as controversy continues to grow over the case of a lieutenant colonel whose conviction for sexual assault was overturned late last month by a three-star general. Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, a former inspector general at Aviano Air Base in Italy, was convicted in November of aggravated sexual assault and sentenced to a year in prison and dismissal from the Air Force. But on Feb. 26, Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin threw out the decision, reinstating Wilkerson in the military and recommending him for a promotion, according to The New York Times.

Recently confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responded to increasing calls for a review of the case in a letter made public Monday, an early test of his plans to address the pervasive issue of military sexual assault in U.S. armed forces. Hagel called for a review of UCMJ provisions that give commanders the power to overturn court martial. He also said that neither he nor Welsh -- in effect, no one -- has the authority to overrule Franklin's decision. "Under the [UCMJ], the convening authority's action is a final decision," Hagel wrote in response to a letter from Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H). "The decision of the convening authority cannot be changed."

Hagel Orders Military Sexual Assault Case Review As Controversy Comes To Congress

this is wrong on so many levels.