Judge Rules Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Detention “Excessive”, Credits Him 112 Days Off Potential SentenceSubmitted by fonzdrew on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 00:37
As noted on Reason 24/7 earlier today, a military judge has ruled that Bradley Manning’s pre-trial confinement, 23 hours a day in a windowless cell room for months, was “excessive” and “more rigorous.“ As such, the judge ordered 112 days be credited toward any sentence handed down to Manning, who is facing 22 charges and could get life in prison, or even the death penalty, if convicted.
Manning, of course, is accused of facilitating the leak of materials, including a trove of State Department cables, to Wikileaks. Among his charges is “aiding the enemy.” The decision came on the first day of a four day pre-trial hearing. More from the AP:
The hearing is partly to determine whether Manning's motivation matters. Prosecutors want the judge to bar the defense from producing evidence at trial regarding his motive for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of secret war logs and diplomatic cables. They say motive is irrelevant to whether he leaked intelligence, knowing it would be seen by al-Qaida