England defense blames obedience dysfunction for Abu Ghraib conduct

[JURIST] Defense psychologists testified in court-martial proceedings Friday that learning disabilities and her "compliant personality" made Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] so blindly obedient to her boyfriend and now-incarcerated superior officer Charles Graner [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] that she thought nothing of posing in Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] prisoner abuse photos. Clinical psychologist Xavier Amador told the 5-officer jury that England had "no contemplative process" and "She doesn't understand things that are so obvious to us." Military judge Col. James Pohl later instructed the jury that the issue of whether England knew right from wrong is legally irrelevant because the defense is not arguing criminal insanity. A school psychologist who knew England from age 4 testified that she has "a very complex language-processing disfunction" and is "overly compliant in social settings, especially in the presence of perceived authority." The defense claims that England has only "partial mental responsibility" because of her compliant personality and did not intend to participate in the criminal conspiracy which constitutes 2 of the 11 charges against her [US DOD charge sheet]. Reuters has more.

 

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