Manning Defense Files Motion To Dismiss Seven Charges | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Manning Defense Files Motion To Dismiss Seven Charges

Play associated audio
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.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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.

NPR

For Wintry Weather, An Especially Cold And Snowy Tale

This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
WAMU 88.5

Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
NPR

2014 Hashtags: #MuslimApologies Grew Out Of Both Anger And Whimsy

Maha Hilal helped launch #MuslimApologies partly as a rebuttal to the more earnest hashtag, #NotInOurName. She tells Audie Cornish how it reflects a divisive conversation in the Muslim community.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.