Saturday, March 15, 2014

Army widows say Martinez jury tainted

ALBANY — In 2008, when a military jury acquitted a National Guardsman from Rensselaer County of murdering two superior officers in Iraq, it outraged the families of the slain soldiers.

Now the widows of those soldiers contend they know a prime reason behind the acquittal — juror misconduct.

Siobhan Esposito and Barbara Allen say they have learned that a juror on the panel used her military rank to bully lower-ranking jurors and halt deliberations before a verdict was reached in the murder trial of Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez of Schaghticoke.

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