A few things learned yesterday about the Bradley Manning court-martial.
1. The judge awarded him 112 days credit for illegal pretrial confinement conditions while housed in the Marine Corps brig. This will be added to the day-for-day credit he will receive for all pretrial confinement. If he ultimately receives a life sentence, it really doesn’t help too much, aside from maybe moving the date when he could be considered for clemency/parole of some sort. Either way, the ruling doesn’t hurt. Interestingly, the judge did not release her written decision. Conspiracy theorists everywhere rejoice at the empowerment granted by the lack of transparency.
2. Apparently, the animators from the cartoon “South Park” are now moonlighting as courtroom sketch artists.
Army Scott just notified me that the courtroom artist is the subject of intense discussion within Army JAG offices.