The Department of the Army has agreed to provide a digital transcript of the Martinez capital court-martial, which ended in an acquittal, to the widow of one of the officers Staff Sergeant Alberto Martinez was accused of killing.  As the No Man reported here, she had to file a FOIA suit to acquire the transcript.  Esposito v. Dep’t of the Army, No. 1:11-cv-00121(D.D.C.).  In that suit, she was represented by the formidable Eugene Fidell.  Judge Bates has now approved the parties’ settlement, available here, which appears to be a total victory for the plaintiff.  Under the settlement, the transcript will be provided with only one redaction:  the address of one witness.  The settlement also requires the Department of the Army to pay the plaintiff $2.500 in attorneys’ fees and costs — $2,500 the government could have saved had it only given Ms. Esposito a copy of the transcript when she first requested it.

2 Responses to “Widow succeeds in acquiring transcript of court-martial of her husband’s alleged killer”

  1. Balkan Ghost says:

    A deserving victory.

    I find it very interesting that the Army fought so hard to not disclose these records to the widow, but at the same time has no requirement or mechanism to screen the disclosure of personal identifying information in allied documents of the Record of Trial that are served to convicts.

  2. Ama Goste says:

    VWAP at its finest on display here.