2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 322. Wisconsin code of military justice.
322.037 Article 37 — Unlawfully influencing action of court.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 322.037 (2017)

322.037 Article 37 — 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 commanding officer's staff, may censure, reprimand, or admonish the court or any member, the military judge, or counsel, with respect to the findings or sentence adjudged by the court or with respect to any other exercise of its or their functions in the conduct of the proceedings. No person subject to this code may attempt to coerce or, by any unauthorized means, influence the action of a court-martial or court of inquiry or any member, in reaching the findings or sentence in any case, or the action of any convening, approving, or reviewing authority with respect to their judicial acts. This subsection does not apply with respect to the any of the following:

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

(b) Statements and instructions given in open court by the military judge, summary court-martial officer, or counsel.

(2) 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 state military forces is qualified to be advanced in grade, or in determining the assignment or transfer of a member of the state military forces, or in determining whether a member of the state military forces should be retained on active status, no person subject to this code may, in preparing any report, do any of the following:

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

(b) Give a less favorable rating or evaluation of any counsel of the accused because of zealous representation before a court-martial.

History: 2007 a. 200; 2009 a. 179.

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