Eventually, his grievance was settled by the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) acting as the Final Authority. The CDS granted Cpl Stemmler an ex gratia payment of $25,000. In Court, Stemmler argued that this grant was insufficient to compensate him for the loss of two years worth of salary.
While sympathizing with Corporal Stemmler, the Federal Court dismissed the Application noting that "having regard to all the circumstances" the CDS decision represents a 'reasonable outcome based on the law and the evidence."
 The CDS decision to grant an ex gratia payment is consistent with a reasonable interpretation of the [Treasury Board (TB)] Order and Conditions, and it suffices to conclude that it falls within the range of possible, acceptable outcomes. Doubtlessly, Cpl. Stemmler would have preferred to see more reasons explaining the amount of $25,000. But, in the context of the Order and the TB Conditions, the CDS did not have to go further in order to meet the requirements of a reasonable decision. Given the high degree of deference to which the CDS is entitled, this is not a situation justifying the Court’s intervention. [Our emphasis]
Yesterday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation provided its own summary of the case "Ex-Soldier who investigated child porn in military slams $25K "shut up and go away" money."