Pfc. Bradley Manning has a new military lawyer working with his civilian defense attorney as he faces charges in connection with the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history.
The Army intelligence analyst is suspected of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified military and State Department documents while serving in Iraq. Many of those documents ended up on the WikiLeaks website.
At a hearing Tuesday, Manning requested that the two military attorneys who were assigned to him, Maj. Matthew Kemkes and Capt. Paul Bouchard, be removed and replaced with Capt. Joshua Toomes. No reason was provided.
The judge in the case, Col. Denise Lind, granted the motion.FULL STORY
Some trials can be pretty wild. From jurors to defendants and even the prosecution, trying a case can become all too taxing and frustrating for some judges to manage. But some of them fight back. Be it with wit, emotion or a no-foolishness attitude, you’ve gotta watch how these judges tackle courtroom crazy.
A federal judge in Texas has told the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that it cannot censor a pastor's invocation at a Memorial Day ceremony.
The VA had ordered the Rev. Scott Rainey to remove a phrase using Jesus Christ from the prayer, arguing the line excluded other beliefs held by veterans, KHOU-TV in Houston reported.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes disagreed, writing the government cannot "gag citizens when it says it is in the interest of national security, and it cannot do it in some bureaucrat's notion of cultural homogeneity," according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.
Turmoil in Libya - It's Day 10 of anti-government protests in Libya. There were bloody clashes Thursday between security forces and demonstrators in Zawiya, a town west of the capital, Tripoli. Seven people have died there, witnesses said. "Blood is all over the streets," a mother told CNN, saying her son had been shot. A witness said the violence began when people who support leader Moammar Gadhafi came into the city square and encountered those who are protesting his ouster.
Speaking by phone Thursday on state TV, Gadhafi blamed the country's violence on young people, who he said were taking drugs and being influenced by al Qaeda. Addressing the situation in Zawiya, he said, "We shouldn't leave (the town) without any control."
'Real, real hero' - Joe Zamudio rushed outside the Tucson, Arizona, grocery store when he heard the gunshots that took down 20 people, killing six of them. Here, he tells CNN's Carol Costello about two people who helped subdue the gunman. One was an elderly woman. The other was a man who had been shot.FULL POST
A judge in Ipswich, Australia, briefly jailed a defendant last week in a move one city councilman says is just un-Australian.
In a hearing in Ipswich Magistrates Court, Thomas John Collins, facing charges of drunken driving, driving without a license and driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle, addressed Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin as “mate.”
“I'm not mate... I'm sir or your honor,” McLaughlin told Collins, according to a report in the Queensland Times.
“Okay, mate,” Collins replied.
McLaughlin ordered Collins held for contempt in the courthouse lockup, where he spent about a half-hour before coming back to court and apologizing. His next hearing is November 12.
Ipswich city Councilor Paul Tully said McLaughlin needs to lighten up, according to a report in the The Courier-Mail.
Nothing is “more Australian than calling someone mate," Tully said. “Calling someone mate is a term of endearment." FULL POST
A federal judge in Georgia has been arrested on drug and weapons charges after federal agents say he bought drugs for a stripper with whom he was having an affair.
Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Camp Jr. has been charged with posession of cocaine, marijuana and the painkiller roxycodone, according to court documents. He is also charged with posessing a firearm as an unlawful user of controlled substances and with aiding and abetting the posession of drugs by the stripper, who had a prior drug conviction.
Camp was arrested Friday after federal agents said he bought drugs from an undercover agent. He made an initial appearance Monday in a federal court in Atlanta and was released on $50,000 bond.
The charges allege that Camp had been paying the stripper for sex since the past spring and was fronting money to buy drugs for both of them. Before the sting that led to his arrest, he told her, "Let me pay him, because you've already got a record," the affidavit states.