21 November 2011

Article 32 Hearing

The Article 32 hearing for PFC Bradley Manning will begin on December 16, 2011 at Fort Meade, Maryland. The hearing is expected to last approximately five days. With the exception of those limited times where classified information is being discussed, the hearing will be open to the public.

The primary purpose of the Article 32 hearing is to evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of the government's case as well as to provide the defense with an opportunity to obtain pretrial discovery. The defense is entitled to call witnesses during the hearing and to also cross examine the government's witnesses. Each witness who testifies is placed under oath; their testimony can therefore be used during the trial for impeachment purposes or as prior testimony should the witness become unavailable.

Our office is committed to providing the best representation for PFC Manning during this upcoming hearing. Achieving this goal is the sole focus of the lawyers, experts, and administrative staff working on this case. Given our focus, we will not be granting any media interviews or responding to any media inquiries. However, recognizing the public's interest and the growing support for PFC Manning, we will be issuing regular public releases. The goal of these releases is to keep PFC Manning's supporters informed and to assist the media in providing accurate information about this case.

16 comments:

  1. For information about public gatherings in support of Bradley Manning, both outside of the courtroom and around the world, please visit the Bradley Manning Support Network at www.bradleymanning.org

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  2. Thank you for letting us know Lieutenant Coombs. I hope Pfc Manning will be given a fair trial. I hope this trial will consider the negligible effect that Pfc Manning's accused actions has had on the objectives of our nation's military. Whether Pfc Manning actually did what he is accused of, our nation's military has had no problem fulfilling their objectives across the world. Especially for this reason is owed his sixth amendment constitutional right to a fair trial. I thank you for letting us know. -RF.

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  3. Thanks and GOOD LUCK!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope you guys can make USG's life HELL!!! :-)

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  4. This is serious for him and for us. I know, I've been a military defendant in a General.
    My lawyer was invaluable. I got off with a written reprimand, etc.
    It's not easy for you to buck the system. The spin from the media and the prosecution channels will be tough. But you will skip that and concentrate on defending him.
    My hopes for our future as a country rides on your success.
    Good luck.

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  5. I hope council will argue that President Obama totally prejudiced this case with his pronouncement that Bradley Manning had "Broken the law". This before any evidence has been brought forth and before any trial has begun.

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  6. we're all hoping and praying for bradley. he's already been through so much. thank you for everything you are doing! ~laura in oregon

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  7. Good luck brother!

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  8. how can there be a "fair" trial if the CIC already declared the defendent guilty? We all heard OBAMA make that statement. Is that not enough ground to dismess this case?

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  9. with the best will in the world, signing the official secrets act and then giving away the secrets is illegal..... indefensible....

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  10. I'm with you. It's hard to fight the military.
    I hope Mr. Bradly does not become the "Poster Boy" for future whistle blowers' silence.
    Good Luck. I believe in transparency!!!!!!!!!

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  11. PFC Bradley Manning is a true American hero, a man of courage and convictions willing to stand up for the defense of fundamental moral principles. You, sir, are a great man indeed.

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  12. Lieutenant Coombs, if it would bring any cheer to my hero (BM)please be sure he knows that 54 members of the European Parliament have spoken out in his defense in an open letter to Pres. Obama...also, that a poll in a leading British newspaper ranks him as top contender for the Nobel Peace Prize. Would that more people in the US realised how admirable this young man is.

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  13. The army's and the government's inadequate policies regarding "open access to the Internet" should not be grounds for torture of this young man. There are many occasions where intent of stealing or using national secrets do not appear at all as a violation of the military secret's act.

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  14. Pvt Mannings case in many ways is not unusual for the US Army for the federal government as well. I know of at least one case where a senior NCO was court martialed for disobeying a direct order and disrespecting an officer and busted two grades in rank-yet still recieved a "Q" level security clearence from the Department of Energy after his discharge from the army.

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  15. I saw one of your arguments, where you claimed that the information leaked to wikileaks should not have been classified. Let me explain this to you, Sir. There are many classifications one of the lowest is "For Official Use Only". The punishment for divulging even that information is the same as disclosing "Top Secret" information. I'm sure your young soldier, as everyone that holds a security clearance, signs a non-disclosure act.

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  16. I'm wondering if the case against Daniel Ellsberg will serve as a precedent to this case.

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