Unlawful command influence is unique to the military justice system. If military commanders use their authority to influence the outcome of a case, it has the potential to upend the process.
In one of the most well-known examples of it, in 2018, a military appellate court threw out the rape conviction of a Navy SEAL, Senior Chief Keith E. Barry, after finding that the Navy's top lawyer illegally meddled in the case.
Edinburgh declined to comment on the allegations in the motion.
Payton-O'Brien's client has not yet appeared at a pre-trial hearing and is confined to the Camp Pendleton brig where he has been since his arrest.
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