One great advance of jurisprudence was the idea that a person accused of a crime be tried in open court, able to present his or her defense, see the evidence, and question the accusers, with the public (in effect) looking on to make sure that everything is on the up and up. Unfortunately in the US today, many rights are being curtailed, and we see in the treatment of Bradley Manning some vry bad signs. David Carr takes note in this story in the NY Times:
Reporters covering the government’s prosecution of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being court-martialed for conveying secret information toWikiLeaks, have spent a year trying to pierce the veil of secrecy in what is supposed to be a public proceeding.
In pretrial hearings at Fort Meade, Md., basic information has been withheld, including dockets of court activity, transcripts of the proceedings and…
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