Fort Meade Md: US Army Pfc Bradley Manning has been acquitted of aiding the enemy for giving classified secrets to WikiLeaks. The military judge hearing the case, Army Colonel Denise Lind, announced the verdict Tuesday. The charge was the most serious of 21 counts. It carried a possible life sentence without parole.
Manning was convicted of five espionage counts, five theft charges, a computer fraud charge and other military infractions. Manning’s sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday.
The 25-year-old Crescent, Okla., native acknowledged giving the anti-secrecy website hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports, diplomatic cables and videos in early 2010.
July 13, 2013
A six-person jury consisting of women has found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin after deliberating for more than 16 hours. The jurors reached the verdict despite an eleventh-hour effort by life-long Democrat Judge Debra Nelson on Thursday to expand the possible outcome to include a second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The jury decided Zimmerman didn’t “intentionally commit an act or acts that caused death” or demonstrate a “depraved mind without regard for human life,” definitions for manslaughter and second degree murder in Florida.
The verdict is a victory for the concept of self-defense and specifically Florida’s “stand your ground” law.