Command Influence: A Story of Korea and the Politics of Injustice by Robert A. Shaines is a first-hand account of the trial of Lt. George C. Schreiber, written by his military defense attorney. At the time Mr. Shaines was a young idealistic attorney, part of a defense team which had a losing battle on their hands.
The story takes place in Pusan, Korea, in 1952. Lt. George C. Schreiber is the 25-year-old second lieutenant in charge of the Air Police (Air Force) guard unit. The former fifth grade teacher from Brookfield, IL is charged and court martialed for premeditated murder.
For the 23-year-old Air Force lawyer (and author of this memoir) the charge makes no sense, and he does his best, convinced of Lt. Schreiber's innocence, to get the accused released.
Command Influence is a captivating book in which Mr. Shaines recounts his memories of the case of The United States v. Lt. George C. Schreiber. Lt. Schreiber was the appointed scapegoat in a trial for the murder of a Korean man (whose real name was never found). Mr. Shaines, a military attorney on the Lieutenant's defense team, was fighting a battle whose outcome was already decided.
Part of the book is a scathing criticism of what was then the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ); part of it is a memoir and part is composed of interjections by Mr. Shaines himself. The title of the book comes from what Mr. Shaines said drove the trial—mainly, that those in command influenced the outcome regardless of justice. Unfortunately "command influence" is still seen these days, if not in the courts then in reshaping history.
As a former soldier myself I can certainly understand how a lowly grunt feels when being grilled by a superior officer, looking for the "right" answers regardless of what is just. On top of that keep in mind that not having the "right" answers could make your life extremely difficult—the last thing a grunt wants in a war zone.