Manning presses for dismissal of charges
April 24th, 2012
09:48 AM ET

Manning presses for dismissal of charges

By Josh Levs and Larry Shaughnessy

Pfc. Bradley Manning returns to court Tuesday to push for all charges against him to be dropped.

Manning is the Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and state department documents while serving in Iraq. Many of those documents ended up on the WikiLeaks website.

His attorneys filed two motions last week. One pushes for all charges against Manning to be dismissed. If that fails, the second pushes for some charges to be dropped.

The latter filing argues that the defense should be allowed to review "grand jury materials" that are in the possession of military authorities.

Manning's attorneys put redacted versions of the two motions online. The website, from the law offices of David E. Coombs, explains that the government "has opposed the public filing of motions due to concerns over revealing protected information. In response to the government's concerns, the defense has voluntarily redacted its motions in areas where the government opposes public release of the referenced information."

Oral arguments over those and other motions from both sides will take place during what's expected to be a three-day hearing.

Coombs, a private attorney whose fees have been paid by Manning supporters around the world, has tried previously to get the charges dismissed.

Prosecutors have said they've complied with rules governing the mandatory disclosure of non-classified evidence. And they've argued that the court has not explained to them how they can disclose evidence categorized as classified.

Manning is facing charges including aiding the enemy, wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, transmitting national defense information and theft of public property or records. He could go to prison for life if convicted.

Coombs hasn't said whether he'll request a trial by a military judge, a panel of senior officers or a panel that includes one-third enlisted non-commissioned officers.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. John John

    If convicted, he should be executed. It's that simple.

    November 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  2. Eric

    He should spend the rest of his life in prison. Make an example of him. Take the damn kid gloves off and stop letting this crap happen.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
  3. transorbital

    Yeah, I guess I'd be trying to get the charges dismissed too if I was facing the death penalty for 'Treason Light.'

    April 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  4. YougottaFriendin SanFran

    Wasn't he arrested over two years ago, and this still hasn't gone to trial. Military justice is an oxymoron.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  5. Rabbi

    Manning endangered Israel with his treason.

    He should be offered as sacrafice to Yaweh, that Israel may recover its losses.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • Thor

      Ya, burn people....

      You would think a Jew would know better.....

      April 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
      • transorbital

        Umm, Thor buddy – you realize that 'Rabbi' is just lamely trying to be ironic, right? Right?

        April 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  6. Snoot

    Ah, just free this guy already.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • YoungMarine

      No I hope this guy rots in jail for treason

      April 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
      • Snoot

        Better still, we should fry him – like the Rosenbergs.

        They were innocent, too.

        April 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm |

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