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16th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit

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16th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit

Orientation

16th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
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8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law School, Bristol, RI
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All Day
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5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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  • October 04, 2013
    From the Providence Phoenix: "WikiLeaks: The Rhode Island Connection: Pfc. Manning's lawyer takes a local audience inside the courtroom" by Philip Eil For Associated Press and other coverage of Coombs' visit, click here.  BRISTOL, R.I., October 3, 2013: [...] The federal prosecution of Private First Bradley Manning touches all of those subjects [...] But a Rhode Island connection? Actually, there’s one of those, too. Manning’s lead defense attorney, Lieutenant Colonel David E....
  • September 26, 2013
    From THE GUARDIAN (UK): "Chelsea Manning awaits diagnosis in prison before possible hormone therapy" by Michelle R. Smith and David Dishneau, Associated Press See ABC News coverage of Coomb's RWU Law appearance. See Ed Fitzpatrick's column in the Providence Journal. See in-depth coverage in the Providence Phoenix. See Fall River Herald News coverage of the event.   BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 25, 2013: The lawyer who defended Chelsea Manning against charges of leaking classified...
  • September 23, 2013
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Manning’s Providence-based lawyer warns of chilling effect on whistleblowers" by Edward Fitzpatrick September 22, 2013: The 35-year sentence imposed on the Army private who gave secret U.S. documents to WikiLeaks will have a chilling effect on whistleblowers and the journalists who rely on them to hold the government accountable. That’s one of the conclusions reached by David E. Coombs, the Providence-based lawyer who represented Pvt. Chelsea E. Manning (formerly...
  • June 11, 2013
    From REUTERS: "WikiLeaks trial is high-profile case for low-profile lawyer" by Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters), June 7, 2013 - When Private First Class Bradley Manning was seeking a civilian defense attorney to bolster his government-appointed legal team in 2010, he considered a number of lawyers experienced in courts-martial. [...] Eventually, Manning settled on a low-profile choice: David Coombs, a Providence, Rhode Island, attorney who had been in private practice for only a year after more...
  • December 21, 2011
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Local ties for WikiLeaks defense: Adjunct Roger Williams School of Law professor is part of defense team for accused soldier" by Katie Mulvaney BRISTOL, Dec. 21, 2011 –– A defense lawyer in the case of an Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking a trove of classified military information to Wiki-Leaks website has ties to Rhode Island’s first and only law school. David E. Coombs, a lawyer who specializes in court-martial defense, taught trial advocacy and...
  • December 19, 2011
    From National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday: "Soldier's Hearing Weighs Harm From Wikileaks" by Carrie Johnson Military prosecutors say Army Pvt. Bradley Manning downloaded troves of secret documents from a computer station in Baghdad and passed them to Wikileaks. If investigators recommend that Manning face court martial, it could land him in prison for the rest of his life. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports. December 17, 2011: SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Army Private Bradley Manning turns 24 years...
  • March 03, 2011
    The Los Angeles Times cited RWU Law Professor Jon Shelburne and Adjunct Professor David Coombs in its story, "Soldier in WikiLeaks case charged with aiding the enemy" by David S. Cloud of the Times' Washington Bureau. The story has been picked up by the Chicago Tribune, the Hartford Courant and other outlets. To read the Associated Press' story featuring Shelburne, click here. To read the National Journal's story featuring Shelburne, click here. Professor Shelburne has also been interviewed for...
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