Bradley Manning Support Network
What: David Coombs, defense attorney for PFC Bradley Manning, to speak on the case
When: 7 PM ET (Doors 6 PM ET), December 3, 2012
Where: All Souls Church Unitarian, 1500 Harvard Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009 (Near the Columbia Heights Metro Station)
Media is encouraged to attend and record David Coombs' comments. This is Mr. Coombs’ first and likely only public appearance prior to PFC Manning’s court martial, scheduled to begin February 4, 2013.
On Monday, December 3, 2012, David Coombs, lead defense lawyer for WikiLeaks whistle-blower U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning, will give his first ever public presentation at All Souls Church in Washington D.C. The event is hosted by the Bradley Manning Support Network, with the support of a dozen local and national community organizations. The Support Network is responsible for 100% of PFC Manning’s legal defense expenses, alongside an extensive grassroots education effort.
The presentation will directly follow a major pretrial hearing for PFC Manning at Fort Meade, MD, from November 27 to December 2. At that hearing, Mr. Coombs will move to dismiss all charges with prejudice based on unlawful pretrial punishment in clear violation of “Article 13” of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Extensive and detailed evidence documenting the illegally abusive treatment Manning endured at the Quantico Marine Brig, VA, for nine months is expected. The government’s denial of PFC Manning’s right to a speedy trial will also be before the military court.
There has not “ever been such an egregious case of unlawful pretrial punishment in Army history,” Mr. Coombs wrote in a recent court motion, calling for dismissal of charges, asking, “if dismissal is not warranted in this case, then in what case would dismissal ever be warranted?”
This handicap-accessible Bradley Manning Support Network event is made possible with the support of the Center on Conscience & War, CODEPINK, Courage to Resist, DC Metro Science for the People, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker – DC, Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee, International CURE, National CURE, National Lawyers Guild, Peace Action Montgomery, Positive Force, Veterans for Peace - DC Chapter, Washington Peace Center, and Witness Against Torture.