Md. Court Gets Dispute Over Manning Case Documents

7:47 AM, Jun 17, 2013   |    comments
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning steps out of a security vehicle as he is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on Nov. 29 (PATRICK SEMANSKY/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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BALTIMORE (AP) - A dispute over public access to court records in the military trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning is moving from a military court to a civilian one.

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights initially petitioned an army court in 2012, seeking access to documents in the ongoing case, which charges Manning with leaking classified documents to Wikileaks.

In April, however, the U.S. military's highest court ruled it wasn't the right place for the dispute. On Monday, center lawyers will try making their argument in federal court in Baltimore.

The documents the center wants are generally available in civilian courts on the day they are filed. The army was much less open during pretrial proceedings. Since Manning's trial began earlier this month, however, the military has made documents available more quickly.

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