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Manning Defense Files Motion To Dismiss Seven Charges

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison.
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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md. Manning is charged with indirectly aiding the enemy by sending troves of classified material to WikiLeaks. He faces up to life in prison.

Attorneys for the defense in the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning asked the judge to dismiss certain charges against their client.

The motion to dismiss was filed over the weekend by lead defense attorney David Coombs. It charges that the prosecution failed to present sufficient evidence to support the most serious charge of aiding the enemy, along with six other offenses.

This comes after testimony in the court martial concluded unexpectedly when the defense rested its case last week after three days of testimony and ten witnesses.

Judge Denise Lind heard arguments both for and against that motion to dismiss today. A ruling is expected later this week.

The judge is also discussing possible rebuttal witnesses by the prosecution, as attorneys map out the possible length and scope of that portion of the case. If prosecutors decline to rebutt, closing arguments could begin as soon as Tuesday.

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