Bradley Manning’s trial pushed back again

As noted here Tuesday, the military judge presiding of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court martial ruled that the soldier had suffered unlawful pretrial punishment and for this would have his sentence reduced by 112 days if he is convicted. However, the same judge ruled on Wednesday that the start of Manning’s trial be pushed back another three months — which means the accused whistleblower will spend almost as much time as his sentence reduction in extended pretrial detention.According to reports from Fort Meade where Manning’s pretrial hearings are again underway, Judge Col. Denise Lind has rescheduled the trial for June to allow extra time to deal with classified information. The trial had previously been scheduled for February and then March.On Wednesday, the third day of a new round of pretrial motion hearings, Manning’s prosecutors attempted to invoke Civil War-era examples to further their case that the soldier is guilty of aiding the enemy, for which he could face life in prison. According to an AP report, the prosecutors compared Manning’s passing documents to WikiLeaks to the case of Pvt. Henry Vanderwater, a Union soldier convicted in 1863 of indirectly aiding the enemy by giving an Alexandria, Va., newspaper a command roster that was then published.Continue Reading…

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Bradley Manning’s trial pushed back again

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