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US emptied Abu Ghraib prison
August 26, 2012
On August 26, 2006, US officials finished moving Abu Ghraib's remaining prisoners to other US-run detention centers. The US had been under pressure to close the prison in Iraq after photos of US troops abusing prisoners surfaced in April 2004. After the release of the initial photos, more evidence s....... [more]

Abu Ghraib abuse trials moved from Baghdad to Texas
November 11, 2011
On November 11, 2004, the US military announced that the courts-martial of Sgt. Javal Davis, Spc. Sabrina Harman and Spc. Charles Graner, would be transferred from Baghdad to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. No official reason for moving the court martial was given. All three soldiers faced charges rela....... [more]

Convicted Abu Ghraib ringleader released early
August 7, 2011
The convicted ringleader of abuses committed at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad was released Saturday after serving more than six-and-a-half years of his 10-year sentence. Army Spc. Charles Graner, who was being held at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, was released early as a result o....... [more]

US military high court hears Abu Ghraib appeal
May 3, 2010
The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Monday heard arguments in the appeal of Army Spc. Charles Graner, sentenced to 10 years in prison for abuses committed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Graner, the alleged ringleader of the Abu Ghraib abuse, was convicted in 2005 of conspiracy, as....... [more]

'Different spanks for different ranks': reject the compromise or pardon the Abu Ghraib offenders
September 22, 2006
Ben Davis: There's an old adage in the military that goes different spanks for different ranks (see James W. Smith III, A Few Good Scapegoats: The Abu Ghraib Courts-Martial and the Failure of the Military Justice System, 27 Whittier Law Review 671, 677, 693 (2006....... [more]

England apologizes for Iraqi prisoner photos as defense bids for light sentence
September 27, 2005
Pfc. Lynndie England Tuesday apologized for posing for pictures with humiliated Iraqi prisoners, saying that she had been used by her then-boyfriend Spc. Charles Graner. As the sentencing phase of her trial following her Monday conviction on six of seven abuse-related charges got under way at Fort....... [more]

Lynndie England abuse case heads to jury
September 26, 2005
Prosecutors wrapped up closing arguments Monday in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse case involving Pfc. Lynndie England by describing her as a willing participant in the scandal while defense attorneys portrayed her as impressionable and easily influenced by a manipulative boyfriend. England faces a pris....... [more]

England defense blames obedience dysfunction for Abu Ghraib conduct
September 24, 2005
Defense psychologists testified in court-martial proceedings Friday that learning disabilities and her compliant personality made Pfc. Lynndie England so blindly obedient to her boyfriend and now-incarcerated superior officer Charles Graner that she thought nothing of posing in Abu Ghra....... [more]

Jailed Abu Ghraib abuse leader testifies in Lynndie England court-martial
September 23, 2005
Army Spc. Charles Graner took the stand Thursday in court-martial proceedings against Pfc. Lynndie England, who is facing conspiracy, maltreatment of subordinates and indecent acts charges stemming from the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. Graner, who was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in....... [more]

Lynndie England to fight Abu Ghraib abuse charges in new trial
September 19, 2005
Pfc. Lynndie England goes before a military court again in Fort Hood Texas Tuesday planning to fight seven charges of abusing prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison. Her first trial last May ended prematurely after the presiding judge threw out her guilty plea, saying that statements by Eng....... [more]

Lynndie England prisoner abuse trial set to start next week
September 13, 2005
The US Army said Tuesday that the court-martial of Pfc. Lynndie England will start next Tuesday at Fort Hood. England, accused of abusing prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, pleaded guilty in May to charges of conspiracy, maltreatment of prisoners, and indecent acts. The court-martial j....... [more]