Here is a report from Lower Hudson Valley news on the FOIA battle of the widow of CAPT Phil Esposito, an Army officer killed in Iraq. If you’ll recall the accused attacker in the case, SGT Alberto Martinez, was acquitted in 2009, see coverage here and here. Mrs. Esposito is asking the Army for the full records of the court-martial, including audio. The Army has refused stating, according to the article, that “it was not legally required to provide unredacted audio recording of the court martial.”
I’ll say that while I can’t even begin to feel her pain as the widow of an officer likely killed by friendly-fire and all that entails, I feel her pain in requesting court-martial records that should be public records and getting bizarre reasons for not producing them–see here and here. Judge Bates in DC [set a briefing schedule for dispositive motions] in the case after the Army raised grounds for dismissal in its Answer. Her complaint is here, the Answer here, and the order here.