Bradley Manning Verdict Expected Tuesday
It looks like tomorrow will be a life-changing day for polarizing (and openly gay) Pfc. Bradley Manning, who's been branded as both a traitor and a hero by the American public.
The Huffington Post reports that Manning could find out on Tuesday whether he's been convicted of "aiding the enemy."
Pfc. Bradley Manning could learn as early as Tuesday afternoon whether he will be convicted of aiding the enemy – punishable by life in prison without parole – for sending more than 700,000 government documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, a military judge said Monday.
Col. Denise Lind said shortly before calling a noon lunch recess that she expects to announce her verdict at 1 p.m Tuesday in Manning's court-martial. Lind planned to return to the bench later Monday, the third day of her deliberations. It wasn't clear whether Lind has arrived at her findings or was merely giving guidance to court-martial participants, spectators and reporters.
The charge of aiding the enemy is the most serious of 21 counts Manning is contesting. He also is charged with eight federal Espionage Act violations, five federal theft counts, and two federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations, each punishable by up to 10 years; and five military counts of violating a lawful general regulation, punishable by up to two years each.
Lind has tentatively scheduled a sentencing hearing beginning Wednesday.
What do you think, Instincters? Will Manning be convicted? Should he be??