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Defense seeks merger of some Manning verdicts

By David Dishneau

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:59 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2013

FORT MEADE, Md. » Lawyers for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning are seeking to reduce his potential sentence by having some of his convictions merged.

The motions were revealed as the sentencing phase of Manning's court-martial began today at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. The sentencing hearing is scheduled through Aug. 23.

The motions seek to merge two of the six espionage counts and two of the five theft counts of which Manning was convicted Tuesday. All of the counts involve Manning's leak of Afghanistan and Iraq battlefield reports.

If the judge agrees to merge the counts, it would mean Manning faces up to 116 years in prison instead of 136 years.

The 470,000 reports were contained in two separate databases but contained similar material.

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EwaWarrior wrote:
Manning is a traitor and so is Edward Snowden. However, Snowden lacks the cajones to return to the US to face prosecution. Neither is as naive as they portray themselves to be, either.
on July 31,2013 | 06:21AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Manning spent 9 months in his cell being naked. I don't think Snowden feels like doing that.
on July 31,2013 | 08:15AM
cojef wrote:
Defense strategy to seek consolidation of the counts from 136 to 116 is a ploy to soften the charges with the hope that the judge would require Manning to serve out his sentence concurrently, which means he may have only to serve probably less than 116 years, and possibly the severest of sentence, probably 20'years.
on July 31,2013 | 07:30AM
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