November 27, 2012
Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, will be in court today at Fort Meade in Maryland for the first day of a hearing on a defense motion that alleges “unlawful pretrial punishment” while imprisoned at the Quantico Marine Brig in Virginia. The motion calls for all charges with prejudice to be dismissed or “10-for-1 sentencing credit” for the 258 days Manning served in conditions “equivalent to solitary confinement.”
The hearing is scheduled to take place from November 27 to December 2. Defense witnesses will take the stand. These are to include Quantico commanders, Quantico mental health professionals and—as widely reported in the past day (but known since July)—Manning.
Following the defense witnesses, the prosecution will have its witnesses take the stand. Also, at some point during the defense’s argument, the suicide smock, blanket and twin mattress he used will be brought into the courtroom for the judge to personally see, touch and defense attorney David Coombs will describe the role they played in Manning’s “unlawful pretrial punishment.”