April 6, 2017 – Seattle, Washington
Rick Anderson of the Los Angeles Times reports on the trial scheduled to begin May 8, 2017, in Seattle, Washington, in the civil wrongful death suit filed against the U.S. Army by Clinton Brook & Peed:
“There’s no question who murdered 19-year-old Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York. Four renegade soldiers from Ft. Stewart in Georgia — members of an anti-government militia that had grandiose plans of assassinating the president and toppling the government — lured the couple into the woods near the Army base on Sept. 30, 2011, shot York in the head, then forced Roark to his knees and executed him. Roark, who had just been discharged from the Army, had been in the militia too, and his killers were worried that he or York would tell authorities about the scheme. Three of the killers are serving life sentences for murder and conspiracy to commit murder; the fourth testified against the others in exchange for a shorter sentence.
“Now the saga appears to be headed for a civil trial in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed in 2014 against the Army. The victims’ parents allege the Army knew the men posed a danger but did nothing to stop them. …”
The Firm represents the bereaved parents of Tiffany York, who was murdered just weeks after her seventeenth birthday by U.S. Army soldiers who had formed a terrorist “militia” within the ranks of the Army at Fort Stewart, Georgia. She was killed alongside her boyfriend, Michael Roark (19), who had just days earlier been discharged from the Army and appears to have been a failed recruit into the militia. The Firm also represents Roark’s parents, although their claims were dismissed due to Roark’s prior military service; that dismissal is currently on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The trial and appeal team consists of Brian Brook, Matt Peed, Greg Lipper, and Kari Parks. Brian and Kari made up the trial team that prevailed in a week-long federal jury trial in Manhattan just a few weeks ago in a breach of contract case against a major financial firm.