Trials & Litigation

Judge cuts Bradley Manning's maximum sentence in WikiLeaks case to 90 years


A military judge has agreed to merge some of the counts on which Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted in a court-martial last week, reducing the maximum prison term to which he could be sentenced in the espionage and theft case from 136 years to 90 years.

The Associated Press, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) have stories.

Now 25, the U.S. Army private was portrayed as a traitor by the prosecution and as a well-intentioned but naive young man by the defense. He provided some 700,000 confidential military documents to WikiLeaks in what reportedly was the largest disclosure ever of classified American military information.

The sentencing phase of his case, which is taking place at Fort Meade, Md., not far from Baltimore, is expected to continue at least until Friday.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Military judge convicts Bradley Manning in WikiLeaks case, but acquits him on most serious charge”

ABAJournal.com: “Sentencing phase of WikiLeaks case begins for Bradley Manning, who could still get decades in prison”

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