Monday, July 23, 2007


Here's the latest form the White Plains Journal News:

Defense demands new investigation into Suffern captain slaying

Attorneys defending a soldier accused of killing a Suffern captain and another officer in Iraq claimed defective pretrial advice to their client and demanded a new pretrial investigation into their 2005 deaths.

Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez is accused of the premeditated murder in the deaths of Capt. Phillip Esposito, 30, of Suffern, who was his company commander, and Lt. Louis E. Allen, 34, of Milford, Pa., second in command of the 42 Infantry Division's headquarters unit.

A new investigation?  What's wrong with the one that was already done?  I mean besides the fact that it shows that their client is a murderer.

Court-martial postponed in Suffern Army captain's slaying

The court-martial of a man accused of killing a Suffern Army captain and another officer in Iraq will delayed until Oct. 22, the military said today.

The empaneling of a jury for the capital case against Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez was to begin mid-August, to be followed by a court-martial.

But defense lawyers for the accused told military judge Col. Patrick Parrish yesterday that their client received poor pretrial legal advice, and argued for a completely new investigation and new lawyers for the defense and the prosecution.

Parrish is expected to rule on the defense's request on Friday, said Thomas McCollum, a spokesman for Fort Bragg, N.C., where preliminary hearings in the case are being held. The court-martial is expected to be held there as well.

Parrish has scheduled an additional hearing for Sept. 5. McCollum did not say what issues that hearing would address.

(emphasis mine)

Poor legal advice?  New defense lawyers?  Don't get me wrong, I'm a firm believer in the rights of the accused, but this is getting ridiculous.  It's time to kick the tires and light the fires on this case.  Enough already.

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