Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge has scheduled a hearing to consider Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley Manning.

District Judge David King is slated to consider Manning's request later Wednesday in a Leavenworth County courtroom.

Manning is serving a 35-year sentence at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth and isn't expected to attend the hearing. The former intelligence analyst said in August that she wants to be known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning instead of Bradley Edward Manning and to be treated as a woman.

Manning filed the court petition as the first step toward getting her Army records changed.

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