The jury, all but one member of which were veterans of Vietnam, deliberated slightly more than an hour.
SHOWS OLD FASHIONED HOUSE ON BASE WHERE (COURT MARTIAL TOOK PLACE (COURT MARTIAL HEARING THAT IS), TWO MP'S, REPORTERS, KOTOUC AND DEFENSE COUNSEL LEAVING BUILDING DEFENSE ATTORNEY WIPING EYES WIPING TEARS FROM EYES, KOTOUC SPEAKING, DSY SAYING HE IS PLEASED TO LIVE IN COUNTRY WITH SYSTEM OF JUSTICE LIKE THIS ONE, THE WEIGHED ALL THE FACTS, AND CAME IN WITH JUST VERDICT ASKED FOR HIS REACTION TO CRITICISM BEFORE THE COURT MARTIAL, KOTOUC REPLIES THAT TODAY IS MY DAY TO BE HAPPY AND NOT CRITICAL, NOT GOING TO BE CRITICAL TODAY, GOING TO SEE MT FAMILY SAYS HE GOING TO REMAIN IN ARMY ..WHO WOULD WANT TO GET OUT OF THIS SYSTEM, BEST DAMN ARMY IN THE WORLD.
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Background: The jury, all but one member of which were veterans of Vietnam, deliberated slightly more than an hour. Kotouc, an intelligence officer at the time of the assault, stood stiffly at attention as the verdict was read. Friends and relatives in the paneled military courtroom cheered the verdict.
Outside he courtroom, surrounded by family, the round-faced balding officer told newsmen he would remain int the Army.
"It's the best damned Army in the world, I'll tell you," said Kotouc.
"I'm very happy," he said. "I'm pleased to be living in a country where we have a system of justice like the one we have."
"I couldn't be happier -- I just couldn't be happier." He said he was indebted to his attorneys and "thousands of Americans."
"What can I say at a time like this? Today is my day to be happy and not critical. I'm going cut to be with my ???