I erred in a previous post on Private Manning. Specifically, I presented an incorrect interpretation of the legal term “commute.” Thank you to Townie for this correction:
[I wrote:]Private Manning is now free and eligible for an Honorable Discharge, with all the benefits that come with it.
[Townie:] No. “A commutation is the mitigation of the sentence of someone currently serving a sentence for a crime pursuant to a conviction, without vacating the conviction itself.
Manning’s offenses carried a maximum sentence of 90 years. The government asked for 60 years as a deterrent to others, while Manning’s lawyer asked for no more than 25 years. She was sentenced on August 21 to 35 years in prison, reduction in rank to private (private E-1 or PVT), forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a dishonorable discharge. She was given credit for 1,293 days of pretrial confinement, including 112 days for her treatment at Quantico, and will be eligible for parole after serving one-third of the sentence. There may also be additional credit for good behavior, which means she could be released after eleven years and three months. She is confined at the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.”
Source Wikipedia which I take with a grain of salt. Is not eligible for Honorable Discharge unless conviction overturned, which it could be given there may have undue command influence. [internal citations removed, and emphasis added by author]