07 November 2012

PFC Manning's Offered Plea and Forum Selection

PFC Manning has offered to plead guilty to various offenses through a process known as "pleading by exceptions and substitutions."  To clarify, PFC Manning is not pleading guilty to the specifications as charged by the Government.  Rather, PFC Manning is attempting to accept responsibility for offenses that are encapsulated within, or are a subset of, the charged offenses.  The Court will consider whether this is a permissible plea.

PFC Manning is not submitting a plea as part of an agreement or deal with the Government.  Further, the Government does not need to agree to PFC Manning's plea; the Court simply has to determine that the plea is legally permissible.  If the Court allows PFC Manning to plead guilty by exceptions and substitutions, the Government may still elect to prove up the charged offenses.  Pleading by exceptions and substitutions, in other words, does not change the offenses with which PFC Manning has been charged and for which he is scheduled to stand trial.

PFC Manning has also provided notice of his forum selection.  He has elected to be tried by Military Judge alone.

21 comments:

  1. A judge alone is probably a good idea. Good luck Bradley.

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    1. A Judge like Judge Munch in Jefferson Co. Colorado...he is a good man and that makes for a good Judge...Good luck Mr. Manning you are a true hero ...just cause we did not even know how asleep we were...

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  2. Thank you so much David Coombs for all you are doing for Bradley. Please tell him there are many, many people in the world who are grateful to him for what he has done and who wish for a positive outcome for him at this trial.

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  3. Tell Bradley to never forget all the people who have been saved because of his brave and selfless acts. And make sure he knows how many of us appreciate, support, wish him luck, and think of the inhumane suffering he withstands each and every day. Bradley is the greatest hero of his generation! Let's hope all of us can thank him properly one day!

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  4. I agree with Anonymous. I have argued in my blog that Bradley should be given the Medal of Freedom for what he did. The fact that the government has imprisoned him without trial for two years speaks for itself.

    Please convey to Bradley that he has more support than he might know. Because he is in solitary confinement, you are his primary conduit to the rest of the world, as you know.

    Thanks to both of you.

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  5. Good Luck, Bradley. You're a hero, Bro.

    Sam Adams
    Vietnam Vets Against the War

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  6. Alexa O'Brien on the case of US Army whistleblower Bradley Manning
    http://youtu.be/tDpAjH8Z2SI

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  7. Bradley Manning is recognised around the world as a human rights defender and now the victim of vindictive human rights abuses.

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  8. It's been said that Manning endangered lives of soldiers, but the broad effect of the conversations that were started by the release of the helicopter video is, I believe, one that will save lives of innocent people both in uniform and out of uniform.

    Thank you Lt. Col. Coombs for all you are doing for PFC Manning.

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  9. i am in awe of your courage Brad Manning.I hope I meet you some day...i think of you a lot and the sacrifice you make each day sitting in that cell in isolation..a treatment no human nor animal should be made to endure. I send you strength, peace, light and love. I watch this case daily.I want you out and Assange free to go where he wishes. you are enormously appreciated by people who KNOW

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  10. Like M.Ghandi..we need EXTRA-ORDINARY people who do and say extra-ordinary things. All done in a peaceful, caring, compassionate manner. People (men or women) like this should be elected LEADERS of countries...giving, sharing, compromising with other leaders...making for a peaceful world instead of the one that the powerful, evil, GREEDY, war-mongers have made for us!!

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  11. Since the day Bradley Manning selected David Coombs to be his lead defense counsel, it has been a continuing source of amazement to watch the work of Mr. Coombs unfold and reveal his admirable knowledge, intelligence, understanding, open mindedness, creativity, originality, moral courage, and ability to never lose sight of and tactfully remind us of the tremendous, conscious, noble acts of Bradley E. Manning, who is simply being himself and defies easy categorization. Bradley Manning lives the best qualities of genuine humaneness and will be remembered as a humanitarian.
    Thank you so much for all you are doing for Bradley Manning and freedom lovers everywhere.
    Peace.

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  12. Penelope D. LightbourneNovember 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    ...on this Rembrance Day...Lest We Forget? ...many anonymous unknown Heroes have given an accountable record of courageous action that is only truly known by God,...as soldiers they have signed over their personal authority and autonomy to a Government force, named the 'Armed Forces'...Lest We Forget? ...no, I don't think so! ...until the military itself finds itself in service to a compassionate rational society, will we truly know Peace on Earth...Bradley's outstanding courage in beginning the process of transparency, will go down in History as the premier hallmark moment that will turn the tide of human endeavour into progress towards rational Government and a very real fulfillment of the 'American Dream' ...for the sake of Global Peace and rational focussed functional Diplomacy...I do most sincerely hope for Bradley's extrication from all penury, that would impinge grievously on his personal well-being, offending his physical and psychical personage...isn't it about 'time' to cease cruel, inhuman behaviour towards the truly heroic...please do ask yourselves this question on this...Remembrance Day...

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  13. Does anyone know where we could send a Christmas card? What address?

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    1. For as I know...

      Commander, HHC USAG Attn: PFC Bradley Manning 239 Sheridan Ave, Bldg 417 JBM-HH, VA 22211

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  14. Mr. Coombs, I just read your proposed strategy at pre-trial and I am going to suggest you find if you can. United States Army v. B. Anderson, December 1, 1989. If you can't find it (I would not be surprised) find Carlton Jackson (Anderson's TDS Lawyer). What you are arguing at pre-trial was argued successfully in the captioned case. Successfully as it goes to mitigation of sentence. Anderson was looking at 6 months on 16 charges(Special Courts Martial). He was sentenced to 7 DAYS. The GCA refused to approve the sentence. I don't think Mr. Manning should get off scott free. But I don't think the Military should violate his basic rights as a United States Citizen when we operate on the premise of Innocent Till Proven Guilty.

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  15. I just got to see your address in All Souls last night online http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5VfdPHoWa4 and was very very proud to know that you're working so hard for such a brave and kind young man. Bradley Manning is a national hero, along the lines of the veterans for peace and world can't wait people who organized the protest outside Quantico prior to his move to Leavenworth that I was able to videotape. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef1JRwpI-ZI And it wasn't their only foray into protecting Bradley. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REBa6aJ2t4k&list=UU4TfpI_wJccP19V7qpX-cTw&index=8&feature=plcp Bradley has indeed already made a difference in our world and I think of him often. Please tell him he is not forgotten. Quite the contrary. And he can look forward to a future of peace among former veterans for peace, such as the sources I've used frequently as a journalist in Gainesville Florida and their annual Winter Solstice concert fundraiser. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1-nA_LO11g Please tell Bradley he is in good company. Thank you for helping him. If friends and family of Bradley are seeing this--please watch the videos where he is discussed. Your son and friend is loved.

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  16. Thank you for your clear, concise explanation of the superiority of the U.S. military-law system of justice in comparison to the U.S. civil-law system of justice. You said that military law was superior on every point, although one might make an exception for the right to habeas corpus and the right to transparency of pleadings, motions, briefs and proceedings. Military law is reportedly ad hoc and has no general rules based on case law, and that could be advantageous or disadvantageous depending on the specifics of each case. Given the highly unusual circumstances of USA v. Bradley E. Manning, ad hoc may be advantageous.

    Your talents as a law professor are an added benefit to your excellent representation of Bradley Manning.

    Wishing you all the best in your continued fight to get the charges dismissed or the sentence reduced to no more than time served.

    Peace.

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  17. Bradley Manning turns 25 on Dec 17, 2012. You can write to him at:

    Commander, HHC USAG
    Attn: PFC Bradley Manning
    239 Sheridan Ave, Bldg 417
    JBM-HH, VA 22211

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  18. The testimony by MSGT Blenis and CWO2 Barnes is convincing evidence that the rumored "magical waters" of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas are a cure-all panacea for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual afflictions. Pilgrims may not have to travel to Leavenworth for the water cure if some entrepreneur bottles the aqua vita for mass distribution. All you have to do is believe and just add the water. /s/
    Peace.

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