Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Widow of slain O-3 sues Army, seeks records

By Hema Easley - The (White Plains, N.Y.) Journal News
Posted : Tuesday Jan 25, 2011 16:22:20 EST
The widow of Army Capt. Phillip Esposito has started legal proceedings against the Army, seeking the release of records relating to the court-martial of a soldier who was accused of killing her husband and another officer in Iraq.

Siobhan Esposito said she filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Army refused to provide an audio recording of the 2008 court-martial and a complete transcript in response to her Freedom of Information Act request. Her appeal also was denied; a partial transcript was given, with names of the trial judge, attorneys and witnesses redacted.

“My monument to Phillip’s life is to work to prevent future tragedies such as his death,” Esposito said in a statement.

“To fulfill that purpose, I need to fully understand why my husband was murdered and how his killer was permitted to go free. I need the records of his accused murderer’s trial,” she said.

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