Manning’s lawyer: My client was kept like “a zoo animal”
In his closing pretrial argument, attorney David Coombs
decried the military’s refusal to listen to psychiatrists
By Natasha Lennard

Manning’s lawyer: My client was kept like Enlarge

In the closing arguments Tuesday in a motion on Pfc. Bradley Manning’s pretrial detention conditions, Manning’s attorney said his client was kept like “a zoo animal.”

“The conditions that Manning was under, they can only equate to death row detainees,” said the soldier’s attorney, David Coombs. “If the Quantico brig could have put him in a straitjacket in a padded room and not had anybody complain, they would have.” Manning’s defense is claiming that the accused whistle-blower was subjected to unlawful pre-trial punishment, and are calling for all charges against the soldier to be dismissed as a result.

Coombs claimed that there was an institutional resistance in Quantico to listening to psychiatrists’ advice about Manning. The Fort Meade court has heard testimony over the last two weeks from Manning himself alongside a host of Quantico staff about the nature of his detention. Much of Coombs’ argument has rested on testimony from psychiatrists who advised that Manning did not need to be kept under Prevention of Injury status, which entailed a harsh regime of regular checks by brig guards.

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