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  •  Parole Within a Decade (2+ / 0-)
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    Manning's sentence terms:

    She was sentenced on August 21 to 35 years and given a dishonorable discharge. Her rank was reduced from Private First Class to Private, and she will forfeit all pay and benefits. She was given credit of 1,293 days served, including the 112 days for her treatment at Quantico, and will be eligible for parole after serving one-third of the sentence.[1] She may also be given additional credit for good behavior, and could be released in about eight years.[5]

    (35 years - 1293 days) / 3 is 10 years six months. Two and a half years for good behavior is probably in the cards, at least if Manning carries on the conduct we've heard about the incarceration so far - and if the government doesn't extend injustice to the parole procedure.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:29:13 AM PDT

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    •  I'm pretty sure Wikipedia has it wrong. (0+ / 0-)

      It's (35 years / 3) - 1293 days.

      Effectively, Manning's 35 year sentence began 1293 days ago and she's is now 1293 days into it (well, 1294 now), and elligible for release at 35/3 years after the start date (which was, as stated 1294 days ago).  That's where the 8 years comes from.

      Já þýðir já. Nei þýðir nei. Hvað er svona erfitt við það?

      by Rei on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:54:56 PM PDT

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      •  You're Probably Right (0+ / 0-)

        You're probably right.

        I actually agree with the sentence. While I laud Manning's integrity and courage, and despise his treatment, I do think he released much material that wasn't actually whistleblowing, and exposed only routine (even if necessarily covert) international government communications. A lot of the release was damaging in a way that was neither helpful nor necessary, except in demonstrating the unmanageable size and scope of our secrecy and its exposure to people who could blow it like Manning did. Given that the maximum sentence would have been 90 years, that the prosecutor asked for 60, and only 35 was sentenced, with time served applied and 112 days extra credit (though too little) for persecution while detained, with 1/3 sentence before parole, all shows the mitigating circumstances were included in calculating the sentence.

        All of which makes the pre-conviction abuse by the military - ultimately under Commander in Chief Obama - even more clearly unjust. Once the judicial branch had its turn to apply the rules set by the legislative branch (and signed by executives previous to Obama), the treatment (so far) has become a lot more just.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:44:49 PM PDT

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