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Abu Ghraib soldier files suit

September 10, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Former Army reservist Lynndie R. England is suing the biographer who wrote the book she hoped would tell her side of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and salvage her image.

England claims writer Gary S. Winkler seized control of what was intended to be a shared copyright by abruptly resigning in July from A Few Bad Apples LLC, a West Virginia company set up to handle finances, and forming his own Virginia-based publishing company, Bad Apple Books LLC.

Winkler denies any wrongdoing and said he welcomed a Sept. 23 hearing in Hampshire County Circuit Court. "The book is not selling well," said Winkler of Fincastle, Va. "I think there's this impression I've been sitting on this cash. I wish it were true."

It's unclear how many copies of the book have been sold, but Winkler said he had sold about 20 through his website and perhaps a few hundred through other online retailers.

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