Military Lawyer Firing Epidemic

Well, it happened in Bales. Now, it is happening in Manning.

Pfc. Bradley Manning has a new military lawyer working with his civilian defense attorney as he faces charges in connection with the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history.

The Army intelligence analyst is suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and State Department documents while serving in Iraq. Many of those documents ended up on the WikiLeaks website.

At a hearing Tuesday, Manning requested that the two military attorneys who were assigned to him, Maj. Matthew Kemkes and Capt. Paul Bouchard, be removed and replaced with Capt. Joshua Toomes. No reason was provided.

The judge in the case, Col. Denise Lind, granted the motion.

This seems to be en vogue for high-profile cases. Luckily, Manning’s lawyers have shown some self control when facing the microphones of the press, and we are left to wonder as to the specific reasons for the change.

The linked article also notes that prosecutors have also changed in Manning. However, this is actually not news because military prosecutors are fungible and regularly change during lengthy trials.