Friday, December 05, 2008

Coverage of the Martinez court-martial acquittal

Here's a link to the Fayetteville Observer's article on Staff Sergeant Martinez's acquittal. And here's a link to the Lower Hudson Journal News's account. But that account includes at least one blunder. Contrary to the Journal News's report, Martinez was not "the first U.S. soldier to be tried for fragging since the beginning of the war in Iraq." Sergeant Hasan Akbar is on military death row at Leavenworth for a fragging incident at the outset of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had the same initial thought about the Akbar murders when I began reading about Martinez. I think the distinction the media is making is that Martinez worked directly for the officers he was accused of killing. I don't believe Akbar was in the direct chain of command of the two men he killed.