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A military judge has reduced Army private first class Bradley Manning's maximum possible sentence in the WikiLeaks case to 90 years in prison.
Manning had faced up to 136 years in prison after he was convicted of charges related to his disclosure of classified information to the anti-secrecy website. But the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, ruled during his sentencing hearing this morning that a number of the charges refer to the same actions and therefore were duplicative for sentencing purposes.
Manning was convicted at his court-martial of 20 counts. His defense attorneys had argued that some of the counts amounted to multiple convictions for a single act.
Testimony during the sentencing phase of Manning's hearing continues at Fort Meade, near Baltimore.
Former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the ACLU are supporting legislation that would limit the ability of law-enforcement and regulatory agencies to collect information and build databases without a warrant.