TV News LIES

Wednesday, Jul 29th

Last update02:01:23 AM GMT

You are here News Military Court rejects plea for access to Bradley Manning trial records

Court rejects plea for access to Bradley Manning trial records

E-mail Print PDF

Bradley ManningPublic and press access to the military justice system suffered a serious blow Wednesday, as the military's highest appeals court narrowly ruled that it has no power to consider media challenges to military judges' rulings on access to courts martial.

The decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces came on a bid by journalists to gain access to legal filings and court orders in the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who's accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

In a sharply divided ruling, the appeals court ruled, 3-2, that it had no jurisdiction to consider such a complaint from parties other than the government or the defendant in a particular case.

"This Court, and courts-martial in general, being creatures of Congress created under the Article I power to regulate the armed forces, must exercise their jurisdiction in strict compliance with authorizing statutes," Judge Scott Stucky wrote in the majority opinion (posted here).

Stucky acknowledged that the same appeals court ruled in 1997 that the public has a right to attend court martial proceedings, but he pointed to subsequent rulings limiting courts' powers and to the fact that the defendant in that case joined with media organizations in protesting the closure.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Navy probes complaint of cancer 'cluster' among Guantanamo workers

GitmoThe U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers...

Chattanooga shootings: 5 dead including gunman after recruiting centers gunfire

tennessee shootingFour Marines are dead after a gunman opened fire on two military recruiting centers on Thursday...

How the U.S. is training China’s military – while inching toward conflict

US training Chinese militaryDespite tensions between the United States and China over the South China Sea, the two nations’...

Anthrax Lab’s History of ‘F-ing Around’ With Explosives

Anthrax lab f*** upsThe same facility that accidentally shipped live samples of the deadly pathogen was mixing powerful bomb-making...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!