FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - A judge has rejected a defense motion that would have reduced the number of charges against an Army private accused in the biggest leak of government secrets in U.S. history.
The defense had argued that the government had piled on multiple charges in an attempt to increase Pfc. Bradley Manning's potential punishment and that some of the 22 charges were duplicative.
Col. Denise Lind rejected that argument during a hearing Thursday at Fort Meade.
She did not rule on a motion to dismiss the most serious charge, aiding the enemy. That offense carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. She is also still considering motions seeking dismissal of some other individual charges. She did not indicate when she will rule on those issues.