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Former Bales defense lawyer joins Manning's team

Thursday - 5/24/2012, 5:22pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A military lawyer who formerly represented a soldier charged with fatally shooting 17 Afghan villagers is now defending an Army private accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks.

Pfc. Bradley Manning's civilian lawyer, David Coombs, said on his blog late Wednesday that Army Maj. Thomas Hurley has re-joined Manning's three-man defense team.

Hurley was originally detailed to Manning's defense team in 2010. He was removed earlier this year to help defend Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He stepped aside from that job after he and Bales' civilian attorney disagreed about defense strategy.

Coombs wrote that Manning personally asked to have Hurley as one of the two military lawyers detailed to defend him.

Manning's team also includes Capt. Joshua Tooman.


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