On an episode of Cold Traces, a popular true crime podcast that investigates unresolved cases, attorney Don Marcari was asked to provide his recollections of the 1986 trial in which he represented David Cox, a young U.S. Marine stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facing court-martial and whose violent death eight years later leaves many questions unanswered. In the Guantanamo Bay case, a team of young Navy JAG lawyers, including Marcari and Debbie Sorkin, sister of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, successfully defended Cox and other Marines against charges of attempted murder. Cox received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps after completing his time in service. That case became the basis for the film A Few Good Men, whose screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin.
When A Few Good Men was released in 1992, Cox and five other Marines involved in the 1986 trial began to explore their legal options against the film’s producer Castle Rock, whom they alleged had used their story without permission. Thrust into the limelight, Cox made statements about Marines' conduct at Guantanamo Bay that raised eyebrows, including a 1993 statement that “We were out there on the fence line, shooting at Cubans trying to instigate a war….” Eleven months later, Cox disappeared under mysterious circumstances. His body was later found in a wooded area; he’d been shot four times execution style.
More than 20 years after his death, speculation lingers as to whether Cox’s mysterious death was linked to those derogatory statements he made about his time in the Marine Corps. You can listen to the episode of Cold Traces featuring Mr. Marcari here. You’ll also find links to the other episodes in the Cox series.
Attorney Don Marcari is a founding partner at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban. The firm represents victims of personal injury in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and veterans throughout the country who’ve been denied disability benefits. Call us at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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