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Breaking: Judge Reduces Possible Sentence for Manning (Unlawful Pretrial Punishment)

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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 03:20 PM
It appears that the defense has proven that Manning was unlawfully punished pretrial and is giving Bradley 112 days credit towards his sentence. This is just breaking. I will add more once the stories are up. I don't know if it has been ruled upon yet about the other plea he was trying to make.

@BreakingNews: Judge reduces possible sentence for Bradley Manning, Army private accused of sending secret information to WikiLeaks - @AP

@janehamsher: RT @kgosztola: Military court grants Bradley Manning 112 days sentencing credit for unlawful pretrial punishment


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edit on 8-1-2013 by GrantedBail because: (no reason given)

Story is up:

Judge reduces possible sentence for soldier accused of sending secret information to WikiLeaks

FORT MEADE, Md. — A military judge has reduced the potential sentence for an Army private accused of sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.

Col. Denise Lind ruled Tuesday during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Lind found that Manning suffered illegal pretrial punishment during nine months in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. She awarded a total of 112 days off any prison sentence Manning gets if he is convicted. Defense attorneys had sought to have the charges against him dismissed.


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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 03:22 PM
reply to post by GrantedBail

So would this mean he was tortured???? This is going to get very interesting....

In other countries, brave whistleblowers are heroes, but in the United States, when Pvt. Bradley Manning allegedly exposed crimes and misconduct on a global scale, he was subjected to humiliation and punishment that would make many police states blush, as Kevin Zeese discusses in this guest essay:

Reports that Bradley Manning is being held nude every night at the Quantico Brig, then forced to stand naked in the hallway while he waits for his clothes, shows the inconsistency of the treatment of Manning with basic American values of due process, fair trial and human dignity.


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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 03:24 PM
Hasnt he been detained for somewhere around 900 days though?

posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 03:28 PM
reply to post by Juggernog

Yes, he has been detained for 2 and 1/2 years. His lawyer is also challenging his speedy trial rights.

The credit is for the time he spent on suicide watch while in Quantico.
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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 03:44 PM
So, were is the nightly news, screaming for his rights? Or is that only for foreigners? What the hell is wrong with our country and how did we let it get this bad?

Isn't what he is going through considered cruel and unusual punishment?

posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 04:34 PM
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't he going through the "US Military Justice" system, and not regular old criminal court? They have their own rules and regulations there, if so. Not that I agree with the treatment, but that just means that the USMJ needs a complete overhaul, and that on top of what he leaked, Manning is bringing that to light as well. Perhaps he deserves a medal of honor, instead of any punishment........
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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 08:40 PM
It doesn't matter the court or jail, it's a clear civil rights violation. You see, in this country today, you are guilty until proven innocent. Depending on the crime you are "accused" of, if it violates the "senses" or "tastes" of the people, you are treated as convicted.

Prisoners held as pre-trial detainees are the largest group of abused, tortured, and persecuted. They are supposed the be held with the "minimum amount of custody necessary to assure their appearance at trial", yet are consistantly kept in isolation or near isolation conditions, mistreated, denied sunlight, balanced diets, and rest. The goal is to break them, so prior to trial when an offer is made, they are more willing to negototiate out of fear of further retaliation.

The outcome is generally high, most prisoners take a plea bargain, even if they did not commit the crime. It takes a strong will to be willing to confront the isolation and torture, as refusing a plea bargain will guarantee a delay in trial and continuance of cruel and unusual punishnent. Exercising your right to a fair trial guarantees punishment to the fullest extent under the law. If you are accused of the most heineous of crimes, innocent or not, you will find yourself dealing with persecution, falsification of evidence, and a system hellbent on convicting you.

Manning has suffered a clear civil rights violation of his 4th and 8th constitutional rights, but in this country, there is no one and no way to stand up for it anymore.

In California and Arizona, jails have been punished for maltreatment of prisoners, but it only applies if you are hispanic now. White or black, forget it.

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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 09:04 PM
I find the treatment of Manning disgusting, this guy is a hero.

He needs to be freed and all those that disagree need a few years in prison to learn what living in a free country is about.

Military or not he is entitled to a speedy trial.

posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 09:06 PM
112 days off a life sentence?
who cares? the guy is a traitor and deserves the firing squad

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