Oregon Statutes - Chapter 398 - Military Justice - Section 398.204 - Unlawfully influencing action of court.

(1) No authority convening a general, special or summary court-martial nor any other commanding officer, or officer serving on the staff thereof, may censure, reprimand or admonish the court or any member, military judge or counsel thereof, with respect to the findings or sentence adjudged by the court, or with respect to any other exercise of its or the memberís functions in the conduct of the proceeding. No person subject to this chapter may attempt to coerce or, by any unauthorized means, influence the action of the court-martial or any other military tribunal or any member thereof, in reaching the findings or sentence in any case, or the action of any convening, approving or reviewing authority with respect to judicial acts of the authority.

(2) The provisions of subsection (1) of this section do not apply to:

(a) General instructional or informational courses in military justice if such courses are designed solely for the purpose of instructing members of a command in the substantive and procedural aspects of courts-martial; and

(b) To statements and instructions given in open court by the military judge, president of a special court-martial, or counsel.

(3) In the preparation of an effectiveness, fitness or efficiency report or any other report or document used in whole or in part for the purpose of determining whether a member of the organized militia is qualified to be advanced in grade, or in determining the assignment or transfer of a member of the organized militia or in determining whether a member should be retained on active duty, no person subject to this chapter may, in preparing any such report:

(a) Consider or evaluate the performance of duty of any such member as a member of a court-martial; or

(b) Give a less favorable rating or evaluation of any member of the organized militia because of the zeal with which such member, as counsel, represented any accused before a court-martial. [1961 c.454 §116; 1975 c.719 §19]

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