Courthouse News‘ Adam Klasfeld points to this military case, US v. McCarthy, where a member of the US Navy, Patrick B. McCarthy, was awarded 3-to-1 credit for his three days on suicide watch without medical treatment. Comparatively, Manning was only given 1-to-1 credit. According to Klasfeld, McCarthy was convicted of sexually abusing his 3-year-old daughter and served eight years minus nine days credit for three suicide watch days.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 9, 2013 9:34 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday January 8, 2013 2:27 pm|
In a highly anticipated court decision, a military judge awarded Pfc. Bradley Manning 112 days sentencing credit for unlawful pretrial punishment experienced while confined in a brig at Marine Corps Base Quantico. She did not find evidence to support the dismissal of any charges against Manning.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 13, 2012 10:23 am|
Following a lunch recess, the government had military prosecutor Major Ashden Fein step up to give a closing argument. He started by outlining the law to the judge, as if she might need a reminder. An officer must have knowingly and deliberately violated regulations. The judge must determine whether there was an intent to punish Manning, was it so excessive to constitute punishment and/or did officers abuse their discretion.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 12, 2012 11:20 am|
CWO2 Denise Barnes believed she had the authority to take Manning’s underwear from him each night after a comment he made on March 2 when he was expressing his frustration with being held on prevention of injury status (“if I really wanted to kill myself, I could do it with the elastic waistband of my underwear”). A top correctional official in Marine Corps Headquarters, CWO5 Abel Galaviz, disagreed and found she could not just take his underwear and should have placed him on suicide risk status if she had wanted to take his clothing.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 10, 2012 6:30 pm|
A company commander in Pfc. Bradley Manning’s Army chain of command, who made multiple visits to see Manning while he was imprisoned at Quantico Marine Brig, took the stand as a government witness today to provide testimony on Manning’s treatment. He did not initially appear to have any notion that Manning was mistreated while he was held there, but in the final moments of his testimony he indicated he did not agree with some of the decisions. He also had not been informed of the fact that mental health officers were recommending Manning be taken off prevention of injury (POI) status. And when he finished testifying, he stood up and walked over to shake Manning’s hand.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 10, 2012 3:40 pm|
One of the former Quantico Brig commanding officers in charge when Pfc. Bradley Manning was confined at the facility will return to the witness stand. It will begin the tenth day of an “unlawful pretrial punishment” hearing that has been unfolding over the past weeks.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 6, 2012 6:31 pm|
Proceedings in the case against Pfc. Bradley Manning continue today with the government putting witnesses on the stand to argue Manning did not suffer “unlawful pretrial punishment” while he was detained at Quantico Marine Brig for nine months.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 5, 2012 4:40 pm|
A top correctional administrator and high-ranking Marine officer testified today during an “unlawful pretrial punishment” hearing in the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning that the process for reviewing Manning’s confinement conditions at the Quantico Marine Brig during his nine months of confinement may have been corrupt or conducted improperly.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 4, 2012 10:20 am|
After looking over House’s statements to the press, it is hard to find the inaccuracies. Much of what House told the press has largely been affirmed through evidence and testimony presented by the defense in court over the past week. One can only presume Manning took issue with House’s very human reaction to seeing Manning in restraints. Knowing he was confined in his cell twenty-three hours a day, had restrictions against exercise or moving in his cell and had an hour at most to exercise during the day, House shared what he was feeling as he sat across from Manning during visits.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 3, 2012 3:34 pm|
Military prosecutors challenging a defense motion alleging Pfc. Bradley Manning was subjected to “unlawful pretrial punishment” while imprisoned at Quantico are arguing Manning had multiple avenues available to him if he wanted to complain about his confinement, which he never used.
Manning, who is being prosecuted for allegedly providing classified information to WikiLeaks, testified this past week on his confinement.