Sunday, March 12, 2006
There was some activity in the upcoming SOCom related trial of a retired Army colonel. Facing charges of conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud, retired Col. Tom Spellissy argued that his Motion to Suppress Evidence should be granted and that the military is hindering his ability to prepare a defense.
The Tampa Tribune reports here that the court rejected the motion to suppress evidence. The motion sought to suppress items such as emails between the accused and a former SOCom official who has plead guilty.
The court was understanding, however, of the defense complaint that SOCom was hindering his ability to prepare his case. According to the St Pete Times here, the accused argued that individuals who were subpoenaed were being told that they "must decline [to make a statement] and inform the staff judge advocate." The court recognized that the defense had the right to present a defense.