In trial of all persons charged with the commission of offenses against the United States and in all proceedings in courts martial and courts of inquiry in any State, District, Possession or Territory, the person charged shall, at his own request, be a competent witness. His failure to make such request shall not create any presumption against him.
18 U.S.C. § 3481
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTESBased on section 632 of title 28, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Judicial Code and Judiciary, and section 1200, Art. 42(a), of Title 34, Navy. (Mar. 16, 1878, ch. 37, 20 Stat. 30).Section was rewritten without change of substance.
STATUTORY NOTES AND RELATED SUBSIDIARIES
SHORT TITLE OF 1997 AMENDMENT Pub. L. 105-6, §1, Mar. 19, 1997, 111 Stat. 12, provided that: "This Act [enacting sectionof this title, amending section of this title, and enacting provisions set out as a note under section of this title] may be cited as the 'Victim Rights Clarification Act of 1997'."