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Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in At TMV, Featured, International, Law, Society, War | 20 comments

Bradley Manning Found Not Guilty Of Aiding Enemy, Convicted On Other Charges

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Bradley Manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy but was convicted of other charges, including several that he already had admitted guilt on. This means he will not face life in prison but he almost certainly will do jail time.

This is I think a reasonable verdict since it was difficult at best to determine whether the information he released actually aided any enemies of the United States and the beyond a reasonable doubt burden is hard to meet.

I will be interested to see how people react. Many who were furious over the Zimmerman verdict are likely to be pleased with this one and vice versa, yet in both cases it was a matter of reasonable doubt and the fact that even if you think the person is guilty you cannot convict them unless you are sure.

 

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