On Monday, the Trial Counsel rested their sentencing phase case in chief. Yesterday, the Defense began their sentencing case, and then and this morning, the Defense put on two military psychiatrists, an Army Captain (O-3) who treated PFC Manning prior to his fateful deployment, and a Navy Captain (O-6) who interviewed PFC Manning extensively for his RCM 706 (sanity) board. Both doctors were called by the Defense, and testified about their dealings with Manning as a patient and subject. Both doctors stated that Manning has gender identity disorder and narcissistic personality traits. Both, according to CNN and the Washington Post testified that these were contributing factors in PFC Manning’s misconduct. I do not know at this time how they testified under cross examination by the Trial Counsel. Note that the RCM 706 board found that PFC Manning was legally sane at the time he engaged his misconduct and was further able to assist in his own defense.
PFC Manning’s aunt and sister will apparently take the stand today, and the Defense has announced that PFC Manning will address the Court. I haven’t been able to find anything as to whether it will be a sworn testimony, subject to cross examination and the penalties of perjury or it will be an unsworn statement (something not available in civilian court.)
As per all of these posts, you may find unofficial transcripts here, provided by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. You might wish to consider tossing them some coin if you find their service useful. Additionally, here is the link to the Army’s FOIA Reading Room for the Manning trial, including all of the unclassified case filings and rulings.
Also too, open thread
UPDATE: PFC Manning is addressing the Court right now. I do not have any information as to whether or not it is the sworn or unsworn statement. According to Breaking News twitter feed, “Bradley Manning tells court-martial he apologizes for his actions, says he hurt US –
UPDATE 2: PFC Manning’s statements to the Court are an unsworn statement, per AP.
UPDATE 3: PFC Manning’s unsworn statement to the Court, h/t Little Green Footballs:
First your Honor. I want to start off with an apology. I am sorry. I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I am sorry that it hurt the United States. At the time of my decisions, as you know, I was dealing with a lot of issues— issues that are ongoing and they are continuing to affect me.
Although they have caused me considerable difficulty in my life, these issues are not an excuse for my actions. I understood what I was doing and the decisions I made. However, I did not truly appreciate the broader effects of my actions. Those effects are clearer to me now through both self-reflection during my confinement in its various forms and through the merits and sentencing testimony that I have seen here.
I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions. When I made these decisions I believed I was gonna help people, not hurt people. The last few years have been a learning experience. I look back at my decisions and wonder, ‘How on earth could I, a junior analyst, possibly believe I could change the world for the better over the decisions of those with the proper authority?’
In retrospect I should have worked more aggressively inside the system as we discussed during the Providence Statement and had options and I should have used these options. Unfortunately, I can’t go back and change things. I can only go forward. i want to go forward. Before I can do that though, I understand that I must pay a price for my decisions and actions.
Once I pay that price, I hope to one day live in the manner I haven’t been able to in the past. I want to be a better person— to go to college— to get a degree— and to have a meaningful relationship with my sister’s family and my family.
I want to be a positive influence in their lives, just as my Deborah has been to me. I have flaws and issues that I have to deal with, but I know that I can and will be a better person. I hope you can give me the opportunity to prove— not through words, but through conduct— that I am a good person, and that I can return to a productive place in society.
Thank you, your Honor.
Queue stupid comments about Big Brother making him love the system in 3…2…1…