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January 14, 2005
Graner Convicted

Spc. Charles Graner was convicted in his court martial on all specifications against him, putting him at risk of 15 1/2 years in prison:

Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted Friday of abusing Iraqi detainees in a case that sparked international outrage when photographs were released that showed reservists gleefully abusing prisoners. ...

The jury of four Army officers and six senior enlisted men rejected the defense argument that Graner and other guards were merely following orders from intelligence agents at Abu Ghraib when they roughed up the detainees.

The so-called "following orders" defense extended its long and failed history from Nuremberg forward to today. It appears that the jury rejected the idea that Graner operateed under any orders when he sexually abused and physically beat Iraqi prisoners, along with other members of his unit who followed his lead. The grand conspiracy notion takes another body blow ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 14, 2005 6:13 PM

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As I predicted earlier, Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr has been convicted of charges he abused prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The WSJ has the story (Reg Req'd).FORT HOOD, Texas -- Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of... [Read More]

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