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U.S. Soldier in Abu Ghraib May Plead He Followed Orders From Superiors
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FT. HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. soldier Charles Graner, who has come to symbolize the worst prison abuse scandal of the Iraq (news - web sites) war, is expected to plead at his trial on Friday that he was following orders from superiors.

Graner and Private Lynndie England, with whom he recently fathered a child, have become the faces of the Abu Ghraib scandal after they appeared in photos that showed England holding a naked Iraqi prisoner by a leash.

At his court-martial, Graner faces 24 1/2 years in prison on charges that include conspiracy to mistreat detainees, dereliction of duties, maltreating detainees, and assault. Four of seven members of his unit have already pleaded guilty and three of them have been sentenced to prison.

Attorney Guy Womack has argued Graner was just following orders. Experts say such a "only following orders" defense has often failed, making a plea bargain agreement a possible outcome.


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  -U.S. Soldier in Abu Ghraib May Plead He Followed Orders From Superiors NNN0LHI  Jan-06-05 02:02 PM   #0 
  - Hopefully, this leads to some MSM coverage of this coverup  tmooses   Jan-06-05 02:06 PM   #1 
  - Wishful thinking, tmooses, everything will be obfuscated  Bragi   Jan-06-05 03:41 PM   #6 
  - MSM - HA! What a joke. MSM only does popular stuff.  Mr_Spock   Jan-06-05 10:29 PM   #14 
  - Finally!  loyalsister   Jan-06-05 02:17 PM   #2 
  - This defiant little grunt isn't going along with the program!  NewYorkerfromMass   Jan-06-05 03:23 PM   #3 
  - Enter Michael Jackson and sudden on the scene interest in Indonesia  Supersedeas   Jan-07-05 08:24 AM   #17 
  - why take the fall for these thugs?  bpilgrim   Jan-06-05 03:27 PM   #4 
  - Too bad they don't prosecute Gonzales and Rumfilled first  Jacobin   Jan-06-05 03:32 PM   #5 
  - I don't care if it has to travel UP the line,  NYC   Jan-06-05 10:28 PM   #13 
  - That didn't work for the Nazis  LynnTheDem   Jan-06-05 05:41 PM   #7 
  - That's why the U.S. refuses to be prosecuted  NYC   Jan-06-05 10:29 PM   #15 
  - time time time for a Celebrity Trial of SOMETHING  Supersedeas   Jan-06-05 06:13 PM   #8 
  - Look out donald!!!  goforit   Jan-06-05 06:14 PM   #9 
  - 'I was only following orders.'  damntexdem   Jan-06-05 09:07 PM   #10 
  - Excellent point  Babel_17   Jan-06-05 10:18 PM   #12 
  - The Question Is: Whose Orders?  David Zephyr   Jan-06-05 09:17 PM   #11 
  - They dropped 2 charges against him.  NYC   Jan-07-05 07:54 AM   #16 
     - Sounds a bit like what they did with the renegade platoon  underpants   Jan-07-05 08:34 AM   #18 
        - No, but perhaps they can keep Graner from talking  NYC   Jan-07-05 09:01 AM   #19 
           - Was Graner the one whose father leaked the photos to the New Yorker?  underpants   Jan-07-05 09:04 AM   #20 
              - Was he????  NYC   Jan-07-05 09:36 AM   #21 

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