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TRIANGLE | Wearing T-shirts and carrying signs bearing the smiling image of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, hundreds of people rallied Sunday outside the base where he is being detained on charges of providing classified data to Wikileaks.
About 35 people were arrested by police in riot gear after they refused to vacate an intersection in front of the entrance to Marine Corps Base Quantico. One protester also was charged with assault and battery of an officer.
Pfc. Manning is confined alone in his cell for all but an hour a day. Each night, he is stripped naked and given a suicide-proof smock to wear to bed. His attorney has called the treatment degrading. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the so-called Pentagon Papers in 1971, called solitary confinement “a form of torture, and as such, it’s illegal internationally and domestically.”
Mr. Ellsberg was one of the protesters arrested Sunday amid chants of “Free Bradley Manning.” Officers methodically handcuffed protesters and led them away one by one after they refused to leave U.S. Route 1 in front of the base. Short scuffles ensued as dozens of officers attempted to push the protesters, some of whom were seated on the pavement, away from the intersection.
Judge blocks unions law
MADISON | The monthlong saga over Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to drastically curb collective bargaining rights for public workers in Wisconsin took a turn Friday that could force a dramatic rebooting of the entire legislative process.
A judge temporarily blocked the law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill. But Mr. Walker’s spokesman and Republican legislative leaders indicated they would press on with the court battle rather than consider passing the bill again.
“We fully expect an appeals court will find that the Legislature followed the law perfectly and likely find that today’s ruling was a significant overreach,” Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, said Friday in a joint statement. “We highly doubt a Dane County judge has the authority to tell the Legislature how to carry out its constitutional duty.”
Dane County District Judge Maryann Sumi granted the temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit filed by the local district attorney, a Democrat, that said Republican lawmakers violated the state’s open meetings law by hastily convening a special committee before the Senate passed the bill.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, said the decision will be appealed because the Legislature and the governor, not a judge, are responsible for enacting laws and can’t be blocked in a dispute over the procedures under which a law is passed. His spokesman said an appeal would be filed Monday.
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