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Fragging hearing postponed


A military judge has postponed a scheduled pretrial hearing in the Esposito fragging case. <P> Fort Bragg Public Affairs gave no reason for pushing back the April 17 hearing, but it seems likely that the delay is because the prosecution has decided to appeal a court decision that prevents them from using potentially incriminating statements made by the accused to officers who arrested him. <P> The hearing will now be held May 15. <P> A quick refresher for those who haven’t been following the case: Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez of Troy has been accused in the killing of Army Capt. Phillip Esposito of Suffern and 1st Lt. Louis Allen of Milford, Pa, in Tikrit, Iraq, in June 2005. The trial is taking place at Fort Bragg. <P> The families of the victims aren’t happy with the delay. After all it has been nearly three years since the killings took place. A murder trial in the civilian world would be brought to trial, at the most, within a year. Already several delays have dogged the case; this is just the latest. The final court-martial was scheduled for July 7, but that too will likely be postponed.

This entry was posted on Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 7:00 am by Hema Easley. |
Category: army, court-martial, Fort Bragg, fragging, iraq, iraq war, iraq war dead, Uncategorized


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KatieRich Liebson is a "military brat" who grew up on bases in the U.S. and Germany during his father's 23-year career as an Air Force enlisted man. Rich enlisted in the Army in 1976 and until his discharge in 1980 was assigned to the 78th Engineer Battalion in Ettlingen, Germany, as a public information specialist and translator. He's been a reporter at The Journal News and its forerunner, the Reporter Dispatch, for more than 20 years. During that time he's covered a variety of beats and has written frequently about veterans and veterans issues.
HemaHema Easley was born and raised in India, where she worked as a reporter for The Associated Press and United Press International. While in India she wrote about the insurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir and covered the 1999 India-Pakistan conflict in the mountains of Kashmir. She joined The Journal News in 2002. She has covered municipal government in Westchester and now covers on social services in Rockland as well as military issues.

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