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Bradley Manning’s January Motion Hearing, Day 1 UPDATED

Courtroom sketch by Clark Stoeckley

4:41 PM EST: Per the Associated Press, “The judge said that Manning’s confinement was “more rigorous than necessary.” She added that the conditions “became excessive in relation to legitimate government interests.”

The judge also found that Manning was dishonest with Lt. Col. Robert Russel, the Quantico Forensic Psychiatrist. And although the brig commander cited a rule that did not give her the right to strip Manning naked, the court helpfully found another one for her.

4:15 PM EST:Military court grants Bradley Manning 112 days sentencing credit for unlawful pretrial punishment.

Judge Lind in decision: Bradley Manning “not held in solitary confinement. It means alone & without human contact.” She also found no evidence of command influence that led to Bradley Manning being kept in unlawful pretrial conditions at Quantico.

It took the judge more than an hour and a half to read the ruling on whether Bradley Manning was unlawfully punished because the government doesn’t want to allow the press and public access to court filings. What a completely flagrant abuse of secrecy power.

2:07 PM EST Big ruling coming in minutes. Before day wraps, judge is going to read decision on whether Manning was punished unlawfully when he was at Quantico.

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."