21 June 2012

Defense Motions for June 25th Hearing

The Defense has filed the following additional motions:

1)  Defense Reply to Prosecution Response to Supplement to Defense Motion to Compel Discovery #2;
2)  Defense Response to Prosecution Notice to Court of ONCIX Damage Assessment;
3)  Defense Motion to Record and Transcribe All R.C.M. 802 Conferences.

The Defense has also filed several motions that we do not yet have authority to publish:

1)  Addendum #2 to Defense Motion to Compel Discovery #2: Request for Witnesses:  This motion requests authority to call witnesses.  The Defense requested that the Court require the Government to produce a witness from the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to verify when the trial counsel had knowledge of relevant facts mentioned in our Compel Discovery #2 motion above. 

2)  Request for Reconsideration of Addendum #2 to Defense Motion to Compel Discovery #2: Request for Witnesses:  This motion requested a reconsideration of the denial of the Defense's request for ONCIX, FBI, and DHS witnesses. 

3)  Defense Targeted Brief on Absence of Harm:  On March 29, 2012, the Government filed a motion to preclude the Defense from mentioning the lack of actual damage from the charged leaks during the merits portion of the trial.  The Defense filed a brief opposing the Government’s motion on April 12, 2012.  The Court heard oral argument on the issue during the April 24-26 Article 39(a) session, and took the matter under advisement.  On June 6, 2012, the Court requested the parties provide more targeted briefs on the following:  a)  The potential uses of the “actual damage” information on the merits as indicated by the Defense in its Response Motion; b)  Additional research on the example provided by the Defense regarding assault with a means likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm.  The Court requested case law on the issue of “what actually happened” being relevant to “what could happen.” 

12 June 2012

Supporting Bradley Manning

Over the past two years, thousands of individuals have either donated to the defense fund or given freely of their time to support PFC Bradley Manning.  The support provided has come in many forms:

     1)  Signing petitions (standwithbrad.org);
     2)  Standing up to say "I am Bradley Manning" (iam.bradleymanning.org);
     3)  Writing to military/government authorities;
     4)  Writing letters to the editors of local and national newspapers;
     5)  Attending marches, rallies, and other public events to raise awareness about Bradley Manning;
     6)  Using social media to write about the case and the events of every hearing;
     7)  Contacting government representatives;
     8)  Sending messages of support to my law office;
     9)  Donating to the legal defense fund; or
   10)  Volunteering with the Bradley Manning Support Network and Courage to Resist.

At every court hearing, I am given the opportunity to witness this support first hand.  The attendance by supporters during these hearings as been nothing short of inspiring.  Although my client is not permitted to engage those in attendance, he aware of your presence and support.   

During our latest hearing on 6 - 8 June, I was particularly struck by the warmth of support by those in attendance.  At one point during a break, I had causally mentioned that it was my anniversary.  Apparently a supporter had overheard this statement, and took up a collection to give flowers, a balloon, and a thoughtful card to me and my wife.  This kind gesture is emblematic of the type of people who are supporting Brad. 

I would like to publicly thank all those who have supported my client over the past two years.  I also want to pass on the following message from Brad:  "I am very grateful for your support and humbled by your ongoing efforts."  Brad also asked me to specifically thank on his behalf the unflinching support of Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network. 

What happens in this court-martial is of vital importance to all of us.  With your continued support, we will ensure that justice is achieved for Brad.