Monday, March 28, 2011

The Army settles, and I get the records of US v. Martinez

Today I settled my lawsuit with the Army after it agreed to release an un-redacted version of the court transcript from the court-martial of Staff Sergeant Alberto Martinez and withdrew its answer to my suit denying that my husband was murdered.

This is a resounding victory on the two-year-old question of whether I have the right to review the Army's court-martial and acquittal of my husband's killer. As soon as it had a Federal District Court Judge to answer to, the Army determined that my desire for transparency and accountability trumped its desire to bury this case.

And thus now begins the work of systematically reviewing these records in search of errors that demand action. I will not quit—I will not relent—until every substantive error of justice surrounding the murder of my husband Phillip is addressed.


Home of the Brave said...

My hat is off to you! As one who has been dealing with Army obstruction, FOIA requests and appeals, etc., etc. for over nine years in the case of my son's death, I can really appreciate what you are going through. Congratulations on your victory in court.

Siobhan Esposito said...

First of all I wish to extend my sincere condolences for the loss of your son. And thank you for your kind words. Please feel free to contact me privately if I can provide you with any assistance or support.