December 22nd, 2011
04:21 AM ET

Bradley Manning defense calls only 2 witnesses

After four days of testimony and 20 prosecution witnesses, Pfc. Bradley Manning's defense attorney spent only 35 minutes Wednesday questioning just two witnesses before resting their case.
Manning is accused of committing the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history. His Article 32 hearing is part of the military's process of determining whether he should face court martial.

The first defense witness called was Sgt. Daniel Padgett who served with Manning in Iraq and witnessed one of several angry outbursts witnesses have described.

Padgett was the senior enlisted man on the night shift in the intelligence office where Manning worked.

He testified that in December 2009, Manning was late for duty and they sat down in a conference room so Padgett could counsel him.

Padgett said when they began talking, Manning was calm, but that he began to change. At some point, said Padgett,  Manning grabbed the conference room table and turned the table over, knocking a computer and radio to the floor.

Because there was a rifle in the room, Padgett testified that he didn't want Manning to get his hands on it, so "I coaxed him away from that, put my hands on his shoulder and coaxed him away."
At that point another soldier came in the room, subdued Manning, sat him down and Padgett continued counseling him, Padgett testified.

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  1. Mmmmm

    what a poo-poo defense attorney: your 35 minute response was my client is an angry, violent man with no respect for authority and govt property...i've seen perp-babies put up a better defense with sh!tty diapers...

    December 22, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Is this why Obama wants to give us a $40 a week rebate?

    December 22, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    An article 32 hearing is not a trial. It's similar to a grand jury in civilian courts. The military prosecution just has to present evidence that a crime may have taken place. A good defense team uses a 32 hearing for discovery and to learn the prosecution's case. Good lawyers don't use their cookies at article 32 hearings.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Is this why Boehner wants to shove an oil pipeline down out throats?

    December 22, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      For gas for your lousy jalopy

      December 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Looks to me like "defense" council is *helping* the prosecution...

    December 22, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO (Alberta oil pusher)

    Hey, don't knock the oil pipeline. We've still got a few streets to finish paving gold up here. And besides, who do you want to pay 5 bucks a gallon to – Alberta or the Saudis? Mwoo haa haa haa!

    December 22, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Waterboard Dorothy and her little dog too

    Bradley is going to spend the rest of his life in jail. This whole cherade is a waste of time and money.

    December 22, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      I don't remember, are they munchins or oompah-loompahs. Anyway, they sure are vicious, aren't they.

      December 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Phildo

    I take it your from Canada Bombo. Lol

    December 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @BOMBO:
    Munchkins.
    Look at the way they're dressed.
    You *know* what that means.

    Some of them carry...gasp...lollipops.

    Oompa loompas are Willy Wonka's.
    Have you seen the way *Willy* is dressed?

    Evil incarnate.
    But tasty.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tcr c2

    Oompa loompas i thought were i dont care heavy people?

    December 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tcr c2

    And further more why would that oil line drive down gas prices? Does every body fall for that one? It was suppose to happen on the alaska line and did it work no! So any idea of driving down gas prices with a stupid pipe full of oil is a big joke it sounds good now but as soon as it is commisioned into service our refineries will find an excuse to drive up prices with the permision of the big political cheese heads of washington.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hawaiian chilipepper

    I think one is that leave Brittney ALONE! guy

    December 23, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |