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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:02 AM

In Case You Missed This... 'Judge: Army GI (Manning) In WikiLeaks Illegally Punished' - AP

Judge: Army GI in WikiLeaks illegally punished
By DAVID DISHNEAU — AP
Jan. 8 6:16 PM EST

Army Col. Denise Lind ruled during a pretrial hearing that authorities went too far in their strict confinement of Pfc. Bradley Manning for nine months in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., in 2010 and 2011. Manning was confined to a windowless cell 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing. Brig officials said it was to keep him from hurting himself or others.

Lind said Manning's confinement was "more rigorous than necessary." She added that the conditions "became excessive in relation to legitimate government interests."


And THIS...

Lind rejected a defense contention that brig commanders were influenced by higher-ranking Marine Corps officials at Quantico or the Pentagon.


More: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/gis-hearing-wikileaks-case-focuses-motive








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WillyT Jan 2013 OP
hootinholler Jan 2013 #1
WillyT Jan 2013 #3
WillyT Jan 2013 #2
uponit7771 Jan 2013 #5
WillyT Jan 2013 #10
malaise Jan 2013 #4
WillyT Jan 2013 #6
WillyT Jan 2013 #7
Guy Whitey Corngood Jan 2013 #8
WillyT Jan 2013 #9
nadinbrzezinski Jan 2013 #11

Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:30 AM

1. Thank you, I had. n/t

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:14 AM

3. You Are Quite Welcome !!!


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:32 AM

2. More Here:

There’s much to say about this ruling and this is only the conclusion. There were tidbits about Manning’s mental health issues while confined at a facility in Kuwait that deserve a bit of attention, as they clearly factored in the judge’s belief that that Quantico staff handled Manning properly and with good justification for the other one hundred or so days that he was confined at Quantico.

Manning faces the possibility of a life sentence for “aiding the enemy.” The defense had hoped to get much more out of this decision than a meager 112 days. They had asked for 10-to-1 credit. They had presented what looked like reasonable evidence in emails that higher-ranking commanders were communicating with commanding officers at Quantico about how to handle Manning in the facility. But the judge did not think that there was any culture in the military that would have led to Manning being punished.

More significantly, there is no ruling for the public to read today. The judge read a ruling for over one hour and a half and the entire press pool scrambled to keep up with what she was reading. There were no breaks. She read the entire ruling, which was probably at least fifty pages if not more.

It was a completely flagrant abuse of secrecy powers, especially when you consider the fact that the ruling was pretty favorable to the government in the sense that the ruling did not award Manning more sentencing credit.

The reading of the ruling today was a prime example of why a challenge against secrecy in the court martial proceedings brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights to grant the press and the public access to court filings, such as government motions, court orders and transcripts of proceedings is critical.


Much More: http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/01/08/judge-bradley-manning-punished-unlawfully-but-not-enough-to-warrant-more-than-weak-relief/


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Response to WillyT (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:26 AM

5. WOW!! She read 50 pages with no breaks!?!??! Mannings case has huge issues

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 07:50 PM

10. You Seemed To Skip Over These Parts...

More significantly, there is no ruling for the PUBLIC to read today. The judge read a ruling for over one hour and a half and the entire press pool scrambled to keep up with what she was reading.


And...

The reading of the ruling today was a prime example of why a challenge against secrecy in the court martial proceedings brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights to grant the press and the public access to court filings, such as government motions, court orders and transcripts of proceedings is critical.




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:16 AM

4. This is very important

Torture is way too fashionable these days

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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:58 AM

6. Agreed...


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:14 PM

7. Evening Kick !!!


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:15 PM

8. K & R. nt

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 07:41 PM

9. LOL !!! - LOVE Your Sig Line !!!








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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 07:51 PM

11. Part of the defense argument.

Good.

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