[JURIST] The defense for US Army Spc. Charles Graner [Wikipedia profile] rested its case Thursday afternoon without Graner testifying on his own behalf during his court-martial at Fort Hood [official base website]. Graner had been expected to testify [JURIST report] that he had been ordered by military and civilian intelligence agents to soften up detainees at Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST Hot Topic] for further questioning. The military jury will begin deliberating the charges [original chargesheet; two charges have since been dropped] Friday. AP has more.