KCBS Interviews Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine in Wake of Manning Sentence
Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine appeared on San Francisco's KCBS 740AM and 106.9FM on Wednesday, August 21, to discuss the criminal sentencing of former U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning. Media outlets frequently turn to Bodine, an attorney and journalist, for help explaining legal news issues to lay audiences. Bodine is a regular guest on KCBS, and was previously interviewed after the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict.
Manning was charged with 22 offenses after providing confidential military documents to the website WikiLeaks. Following a military trial, the former private was dishonorably discharged and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
KCBS hosts Melissa Culross and Jeff Bell turned to Lawyers.com and Bodine for help understanding the differences between a civilian and military trial. Military courts are similar to civilian courts, but with some procedural twists, Bodine explained. Pointing to another high-profile military trial — that of Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan — Bodine explained, "[Hasan] started out the trial by saying, 'I am the shooter,' but you can't plead guilty to a capital offense in a military court. So if there's a capital punishment aspect to it, you have to have a trial."
The KCBS hosts also solicited Bodine's thoughts about the long-term impact of Manning's conviction, asking whether it might be detrimental to journalism. Listen to Larry as he explains some of the details of the sentencing in this interesting 4-minute audio tape.
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