Senate Kills Plan for Military Rape Prosecutors Carl Levin leave commanders to handle cases By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jun 12, 2013 9:39 AM CDT 56 comments Comments Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin asks a question of a witness during a hearing on Capitol Hill, June 4, 2013, on pending legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Newser) – A proposal that would have appointed independent prosecutors, rather than unit commanders, to handle sexual assault cases in the military will be MIA from the Defense Authorization Act. Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin has decided to kill the provision, siding with military brass who complained that the measure could erode commanders' power, NBC News reports. The proposal, from fellow Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, had 27 co-sponsors, including four Republicans. Levin is, however, likely to accept a military-approved Claire McCaskill provision preventing commanders from overturning jury verdicts.