David Sheldon, Chief Barry's civilian defense counsel, said: "This morning a Military Judge made extraordinary findings in a case that will shake the very foundations of the military and the Navy JAG Corps. The court found that the current Judge Advocate General of the Navy committed unlawful command influence when he advised and persuaded a Convening Authority to approve the findings of a court-martial against a U.S. Navy SEAL for political reasons, despite the Convening Authority's firm belief the SEAL was not guilty of the charge and had not received a fair trial."
"Perhaps certain members of Congress do not like the optics of the Navy presenting a robust defense to a sailor accused of rape," David Sheldon, Barry's civilian attorney, told The Washington Times. "There is a reason why the command influence occurred in this case. It's because the Navy has buckled under to congressional pressure in sexual assault cases at the expense of sailors' constitutional rights."