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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:40 PM

Accused WikiLeaker Manning says he was punished before trial

At Fort Meade, lawyers will ask judge to dismiss all charges against him
November 25, 2012|By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun

... Dwight H. Sullivan, a former Marine Corps attorney who now teaches at George Washington University, said military law allows for the dismissal of charges against a suspect who is found to have been punished before trial but such cases are rare.

"It's not something that one often sees," Sullivan said.

Generally, he said, a judge who finds that a suspect has been punished before trial may credit that punishment against any eventual sentence, so Manning has "great incentive" to get his allegations on the record now.

Should the charges against Manning stand, he is seeking a "10-to-1" credit a credit of 10 days served for every actual day he has spent in pretrial confinement. ...


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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:41 PM

1. Accused WikiLeaker Bradley Manning to take stand over his claims of prison abuse

Posted: 6:34 PM

(CNN) -- U.S. Army private Bradley Manning is expected to take the stand for the first time this week as his lawyers plan to use his claim of mistreatment by military jailers to get his case thrown out.

The Army intelligence analyst is suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and State Department documents while serving in Iraq. Many of them ended up on the WikiLeaks website. WikiLeaks has never confirmed that Manning was the source of the information.

Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, filed a motion last August to dismiss charges based on a claim, Manning says, of harsh treatment while held at the brig at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia.

The pre-trial hearing that starts Tuesday at Ft. Mead, Maryland, will be the first time Manning will have spoken in court other than answering procedural questions, said Jeff Paterson, a spokesman for the Bradley Manning Support Network ...


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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:43 PM

2. Manning Plea Offer Another Odd Piece Of An Odd Case

By Carrie Johnson

... And, then, as if things couldn't get any stranger, Manning's lawyer signaled that Manning had offered to plead guilty to a few minor violations. But the idea apparently was not part of a plea agreement with military prosecutors and Manning is guaranteed nothing in exchange.

"Accused will often plead with exceptions and substitutions to some other offense in the hopes of, say, getting leniency," says Richard Rosen, a military law expert at Texas Tech.

Under the court rules, prosecutors can still go ahead and bring Manning to court martial on the very serious charges of aiding the enemy and misusing classified information ...


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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:20 PM

4. Manning expected to testify during hearing

... The pre-trial hearing for Private First Class Bradley Manning began Tuesday on Fort Meade in Maryland. His lawyers want all charges dropped because they claim Manning was illegally punished by being locked up alone in a small cell for nearly nine months and having to sleep naked on several occasions.

The military says his treatment at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia was appropriate because he's a risk to injure himself or others ...

The hearing is expected to run through Sunday.


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