August 21, 2012
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has appointed Walter Huffman, Texas Tech University School of Law dean emeritus and current Texas Tech law professor, to the Defense Legal Policy Board. Huffman also will co-chair the board subcommittee examining military justice in combat zones.
Huffman says the first mission for the board and the subcommittee will be to “look at the issue of how our military justice system is working in the deployed environment.” He says that the goal is to make sure justice is done in cases where civilian deaths are attributable to U.S. forces. Huffman adds that it is important for Afghan people who lost loved ones to have confidence that, if someone should be held criminally responsible, he or she will be.