Saturday, February 21, 2009
I don't know how I missed this yesterday. Yesterday's NYT had a lengthy article about last year's Martinez capital court-martial that ended in an acquittal at Fort Bragg. Here's a link. It reported that two years before the trial, the defense made a written PTA offer, signed by Martinez and his two defense counsel, to cap the sentence at confinement for life with eligibility for parole. It also reported about the convening authority, Lieutenant General John R. Vines, rejecting the offer. I wonder how that particular document came into the possession of the New York Times. Interestingly, one of the prosecutors in the case, Major John C. Benson, is quoted as saying, "I don’t think there can be any doubt whatsoever as to his guilt."