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  •  Here's the quote (1+ / 0-)
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    Manning's lawyer David Coombs said on the program that he expected Manning to get a pardon from President Barack Obama.

    Manning, a former junior intelligence analyst, was sentenced on Wednesday for turning over more than 700,000 classified files, battlefield videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of secret data in the nation's history.

    Manning is expected to serve the sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Coombs has said the soldier could be pardoned in seven years.

    •  Reuters' version: (1+ / 0-)
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      Manning's lawyer David Coombs said on the TV program he expected his client to get a pardon from U.S. President Barack Obama. Manning, who was convicted last month at Fort Meade, Maryland, on 20 charges, including espionage and theft, could be eligible for parole in seven years.
      •  Jerusalem Post (2+ / 0-)
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        CS in AZ, Onomastic

        with a story attributed to Reuters, uses the "pardon in 7 years" language.   I'm guessing that Reuters originally reported that way, then later corrected to "parole".

        •  Makes much more sense. (2+ / 0-)
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          Anyway, the idea that Obama could pardon him in seven years is, well, manifestly unconstitutional -- no doubt another case of a reporter's writing too hastily.

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          by corvo on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 02:41:28 PM PDT

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      •  it looks like the article misquoted him (0+ / 0-)

        probably, although the Reuters version here doesn't actually quote the lawyer as saying the part about parole in 7 years, it just lists that as a fact following his quote about expecting Obama to grant a pardon. So he may have actually said it wrong on the show and been accurately quoted in the original article, but it does appear it was either a misquote, or he misspoke and meant to say parole.

        I was just looking for more details on this, and now some articles appear to have been corrected or say "after some initial confusion, ... " so I assume it was an error one way or another, which makes more sense. I thought it was a weird thing for the defense lawyer to say.

        I also found several articles from today saying that Manning is now planning to file a formal request for a pardon next week. So apparently they do not think they need to finish the appeal process or wait for anything. However it is beyond unlikely it will be granted anytime soon. As BBB says, thousands of other people are still waiting for their requests to be reviewed, for many years.

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