Sentencing Phase Ends In Trial Of Bradley Manning | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Sentencing Phase Ends In Trial Of Bradley Manning

Play associated audio
Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of 60 years for Wikileaks source Army Pfc. Bradley Manning
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of 60 years for Wikileaks source Army Pfc. Bradley Manning

Closing arguments have ended in the sentencing phase of the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, and a judge says the earliest one can expect a sentencing is Wednesday morning.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison, but prosecutor Capt. Joe Morrow only asked the judge to sentence him to 60 years. Morrow did not say during closing arguments of the court-martial's sentencing phase why prosecutors were not seeking the maximum punishment.

"He's been convicted of serious crimes,'' Morrow said. "He betrayed the U.S. and for that betrayal, he deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life in confinement.''

A military judge convicted Manning last month of 20 offenses, including six violations of the Espionage Act and five counts of stealing protected information.

Prosecutors also asked Judge Denise Lind to give Manning a $100,000 fine along with a dishonorable discharged.

Later, defense attorney David Coombs made his closing arguments. He asked the judge to balance rehabilitation and punishment before sentencing the soldier for giving classified information to WikiLeaks. Specifically, he asked that the court, "apply a sentence that allows Manning to have a life."

Manning's sentence will be reduced by three and half years for time served before his trial began.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 22

Forget a white Christmas. This week, you can see an art exhibit and musical that explode with color.


Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."
WAMU 88.5

Gray Expected To Wrap Up Tenure As Mayor By Signing Pair Of Bills

The term for Mayor Vincent Gray wraps up Jan. 2, and he's expected to sign some legislation into law before his time is up.


The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

Leave a Comment

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