Congresswoman Judy Chu speaks at L.A.'s Chinatown Gateway. Chu wants to make military hazing a crime, after two cases led directly to the hazing victims' suicides. One of the victims was her nephew.
A trial begins Tuesday in North Carolina for the first of eight soldiers accused of hazing a young Army recruit named Danny Chen, allegedly driving him to suicide in Afghanistan.
Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu of El Monte has been closely following the case. Her own nephew, Marine Lance Corporal Harry Lew, also committed suicide after being hazed. While three marines were court-martialed in the case, only one pleaded guilty.
Chu has included a provision in the House defense authorization bill that would make hazing a crime in the military code of justice.
She says she hopes "that the outcome of this trial is very different than what happened with my nephew," calling the military system of justice "very, very flawed."
"There are great difficulties in ensuring there will be punishments for the crime," Chu said.