Military Judge Rules Wikileaks Leaker Bradley Manning Was Illegally Imprisoned – Reduces Sentence By 112 Days
Pfc. Bradley Manning stole 250,000+ US security documents and released them on the internet. For these crimes he was arrested, detained and jailed. During his detention he was put on suicide watch and forced to sleep naked for a few nights. His lawyers used a claim of mistreatment to get his case thrown out.
Today a military judge agreed that Manning had been mistreated and reduced his sentence by 112 days.
Today a military judge agreed that Manning suffered illegal pretrial punishment during nine months in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va. Col. Denise Lind reduced his potential sentence.
FOX News reported, via Free Republic:
A military judge on Tuesday reduced the potential sentence for an Army private accused of sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website.
Col. Denise Lind made the ruling 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.
Manning was confined to a windowless cell 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing. Brig officials say it was to keep him from hurting himself or others.
The judge said that Manning’s confinement was “more rigorous than necessary.” She added that the conditions “became excessive in relation to legitimate government interests.”
Manning faces 22 charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a maximum of life behind bars. His trial begins March 6.
The 25-year-old intelligence analyst sought to have the charges against him thrown out, arguing that the military held him in unduly punishing pretrial conditions after his 2010 arrest.
Jailers at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., have testified they considered Manning a suicide risk and that they were only trying to keep him from hurting himself and others by keeping him in a windowless, 6-by-8-foot cell for all but one hour a day.